SPEECH BY: Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
FILM: "AMERICAN FACTORY"
Wow, thank you. Well, even before that envelope got opened, just being in the presence, in the company of our sister and brother documentarians who risked their lives making stories – bringing stories to us about hospitals being bombed in Syria, about Brazil, about Macedonia – we were so proud. We are inspired by you guys. Our film is from Ohio and China. Go, Buckeyes! Sorry. But it really could be from anywhere that people put on a uniform, punch a clock, trying to make their families have a better life. Working people have it harder and harder these days and we believe that things will get better when workers of the world unite.
Thank you, Academy. Thank you to everyone who trusted us to tell your story. Xie xie, Cao Dewang. Thank you to our unstoppable crew, our beloved friends and family, Yiqian Zhang, Mijie Li, our unstoppable editor Lindsay Utz. And to those big-hearted people at Netflix, Participant Media, Higher Ground Productions, and the tough, inventive, great people of Dayton, Ohio.
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