The former United States president, Barak Obama, and his wife, Michelle Obama, have announced their shows for the coming year. The shows which include biopics, film adaptations, young adult dramas and a natural history documentaries.
The Obamas won the Oscar for the Best Documentary last year with their eye-opening ‘American Factory’, and now they have really come up with more documentaries and movies for the year 2021.
After leaving office in 2017, the Obamas created ‘Higher Ground’ in 2018 with the aim of producing scripted and unscripted content for TV and film. They also signed multi-year deals with Netflix and Spotify.
In a statement about the kind of stories the couple will be telling, Michelle said: “I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others.”
There is plenty coming from the Obamas this year, shows with different dimensions and good narrations. let’s peruse some of the interesting shows from the Obamas:
This is an adaptation of British-Pakistani Mohsin Hamid’s 2017 book, which will feature actor Riz Ahmed. It is about a couple who, along with other refugees, can transport to other parts of the world through supernatural doorways.
Tenzing is a biopic of the legendary Sherpa Tenzing who, alongside New Zealand explorer Edmund Hillary, became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. The documentary film is based on the 2003 book by Ed Douglas, Tenzing: Hero of Everest.
‘The Young Wife’
From Selah and the Spades director Tayarisha Poe, this drama looks set to skew into Twilight Zone territory, as it’s described as a film that: “Follows Celestina, 29, on the day of her first wedding. Or not a wedding, exactly, but a party. A party where there’s movement, and Celestina is out of synchronization. The guests flood in; a storm approaches.”
This is a popular young adult fiction genre with Firekeeper’s Daughter, a thriller based on Angeline Boulley’s coming debut novel. It focuses on a teenage Native American girl as she goes undercover to join in a police investigation on her Ojibwe reservation.
‘Great National Parks’
Hot on the heels of David Attenborough’s huge success with A Life on Our Planet, it is described as “a natural history documentary series that will explore some of the most wondrous national parks and wild spaces on Earth”.
‘Ada Twist, Scientist’
Although it is aimed at preschool-age children, there’ll be plenty to learn for children and adults alike in this animated show, which focuses on Stem subjects. It’s based on the book series by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts.
‘The G Word With Adam Conover’
If anyone knows what goes on in the corridors of power, it’s the Obamas, so it makes sense they would want to share some of those insights – with a humorous slant, of course. Based on Michael Lewis’s 2019 book, Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy, The G Word With Adam Conover, it is billed as a hybrid comedy about everyday dysfunction in the government and politics.