You might want to clear your Netflix queue in the next coming months because Barack and Michelle Obama are coming to take over the streaming network with an expansive list of projects that cater to your binge-watching needs.
“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,” Michelle Obama said in a statement.
Last year, The Obamas announced their multi-year deal with Netflix, in which our forever First Family revealed they’d be producing “shows that highlight inspirational stories.” Today, we finally get a rundown of what type of stories The Obamas are ready to tell through their joint production company, Higher Ground.
“We created Higher Ground to harness the power of storytelling. That’s why we couldn’t be more excited about these projects,” former President Obama said in a statement. “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.
Here are all the first batch of projects Higher Ground will be releasing over the next few years.
The Sundance Film Festival award-winning film follows a Chinese billionaire who operates a new factory in post-industrial Ohio made up of two thousand blue-collar Americans. The promise of new jobs gives workers a sense of hope, until a culture clash between American and Chinese workers causes tension.
Written and produced by Callie Khouri, creator of the hit TV series Nashville and classic film Thelma and Louise, Bloom is fashion series set in NYC that highlights the plight and triumphs of women and people of colour living in a post-WWII world.
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
After winning the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History for his novel on the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass, David W. Blight’s 2018 novelFrederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom is now being adapted into a film.
Overlooked is a scripted anthology series inspired by the The New York Times’ ongoing obituary column. Hear me out: This series will tell the stories of those whose deaths were not covered in the obituary column but deserve to be shared.
Listen to Your Vegetables and Eat Your Parents
Given the success of other hit Netflix kid shows, Ask the Storybots, PJ Masks, and more, Jeremy Konnerand Erika Thormahlen are developing a show that educates parents and kids about “our food” through adventures around the world.
Based on Michael Lewis’ book The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy, this series will highlight the heroes working behind the scenes in government who keep our nation safe.
Crip Camp tells the story of “a summer camp for disabled teenagers that would transform young lives, and America forever by helping to set in motion the disability rights movement.” Jim LeBrecht, a former camper and Nicole Newnham, will direct the film.
This article first appeared on ELLE.