The Obamas' first film, "American Factory", debuts on Netflix-and it's

The Obamas' first film,

Barack and Michelle Obama's launched the production house a year ago.

"They got what we were trying to do, which is to tell a story that sort of transcends the year-to-year politics", Bognar said.

In 2014, Fuyao, a Chinese leading manufacturer of automotive glass, acquired a former facility of General Motors in Dayton, Ohio, which was shut down amid the 2008 financial crisis, and turned the venue into the largest single-sale glass manufacturing facility in the world with a total investment of over 600 million US dollars.

But the worker in question is American, and is finding life very different under new management after billionaire "Chairman Cao" swept into town to reopen a shuttered General Motors factory in 2014.

"A story that gives us meaning and objective and how we organize our lives", says President Obama in the clip.

With Oscar-nominated filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar at the helm, American Factory sheds a light on the 2014 US expansion of Fuyao, a Chinese-owned auto-glass company which took over the abandoned General Motors plant in Dayton, Ohio.

The former first couple acquired American Factory at January's Sundance Festival, and will release it on Netflix and in select theatres from Aug 21 as the first offering from their Higher Ground Productions company.

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Michelle Obama told the filmmakers she was particularly struck by the opening scenes of workers on the factory floor.

It was announced last May that the Obamas had signed a groundbreaking agreement with streaming giant, Netflix, to "produce a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features". "American Factory doesn't come in with a perspective".

That "is what a good story does", he said.

"One of the many things I love about this project is that (it) is not an editorial, I mean, you truly let people speak for themselves", Michelle told the directors.

Reichert said she's seen some commentary that the Obamas were interested in the film as a criticism of Trump, and said that was stupid. "You have to put yourself in someone else's shoes to help see and feel other people's points of view".

"That was my background, that was my father", she said.

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