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Barack and Michelle Obama share details of Netflix projects

NETFLIX SHOWS: Details of Michelle and Barack Obama's first set of projects with the streaming platform have been announced

FORMER US president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle have shared details of their first set of Netflix projects.

The pair announced a multi-year deal with the streaming platform in 2018. It will see their production company, Higher Ground, collaborate with Netflix on a number of shows including one for children.

In a statement on Tuesday, Barack said: "We created Higher Ground to harness the power of storytelling. That’s why we couldn’t be more excited about these projects.

“Touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights, and much more, we believe each of these productions won’t just entertain, but will educate, connect and inspire us all.”

The partnership will see the couple and Netflix produce a variety of exclusive scripted, unscripted and documentary content for the platform.

Among the projects the Obamas have so far acquired include American Factory, a documentary about a factory owned by a Chinese billionaire in Ohio that premiered at Sundance Film Festival, Crip Camp, a documentary about a summer camp for disabled young people and a scripted TV series called Overlooked, which explores the lives of people whose deaths were not reported by The New York Times and is adapted from paper’s obituary column of the same name.

The first slate of seven programmes also includes Bloom, an upstairs/downstairs drama series set in the world of fashion in post-WWII New York City that depicts barriers faced by women and by people of color in an era; a feature film adaptation of author David W. Blight's Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom; Listen to your vegetables and eat your parents, a half-hour preschool series and The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy, a non-fiction series.

“We love this slate because it spans so many different interests and experiences, yet it’s all woven together with stories that are relevant to our daily lives,” Michelle said.

“We think there’s something here for everyone – moms and dads, curious kids, and anyone simply looking for an engaging, uplifting watch at the end of a busy day. We can’t wait to see these projects come to life – and the conversations they’ll generate,” she added.

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