“American Factory” won the award for best documentary feature at the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, or the Oscars, held at the Dolby Theater here on Sunday night.

“American Factory,” the first film from the former U.S. first couple Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company Higher Ground Productions in partnership with Netflix, beat out “The Cave,” “The Edge of Democracy,” “For Sama” and “Honeyland” in the documentary feature category.


Directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, the documentary is about Chinese company Fuyao’s factory in the U.S. state of Ohio bringing jobs to unemployed Americans and the ups and downs along the way.

“Thank you to everyone who trusted us to tell your stories,” said Bognar in his acceptance speech.

As the film involves both Americans and Chinese, “it really could be from anywhere that people put on a uniform, punch a clock, trying to make their families have a better life,” said Reichert.

Reichert honored “working people” in her acceptance speech, noting that they “have it harder and harder these days.”

“We believe that things will get better when workers of the world unite,” she added. Enditem


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