The 2020 Oscars held in Los Angeles and had prominent winners and not so prominent ones . One prominent newcomer to the wards however is former US president, Barack Obama whose short documentary film “American Factory” snagged an Oscar on Sunday for best documentary — a win for Netflix, which backed the story of a manufacturing plant in the US Midwest reopened by a Chinese billionaire.
The documentary covers a community in America’s Rust Belt which has seen a decline in auto jobs over the decades. The community is however offered a new lease on life when a Chinese coy opens a large plant in the area. Their joy is however cut short as the Chinese management imposed strict, exhausting demands on workers — and sacked those who did not comply.
Barak and Michelle Obama acquired “American Factory” early last year at the Sundance Film Festival, where it had won the directing award.
“Our film is from Ohio and China,” director Julia Reichert said. “But it really could be from anywhere that people put on a uniform, punch a clock, trying to make their families have a better life.”
“Working people have it harder and harder these days, and we believe that things will get better when workers of the world unite,” she said in accepting her statuette.
The former first couple also congratulated the directors, with the former president calling the film “a complex, moving story about the very human consequences of wrenching economic change.”
“Glad to see two talented and downright good people take home the Oscar for Higher Ground’s first release,” he tweeted.
The former first lady said she was “glad to see their heart and honesty recognized — because the best stories are rarely tidy or perfect.”
“But that’s where the truth so often lies,” she tweeted.