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Barack Obama’s list of favorite films of 2023 includes 3 films made by his family’s production company

Former President Barack Obama released his list of favorite films of 2023 on Wednesday — and three of them are made by Higher Ground, an Obama production company.

“Earlier this year, writers and actors went on strike demanding better working conditions and protections,” Barack Obama wrote on X, formerly known as Twitterreferring to the two strikes that brought about transformational change in the entertainment industry.

This tradition of sharing end-of-year lists began during his presidency when he shared his favorite books and music. In 2018, Obama also began including a film slate, coinciding with the birth of first lady Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground production company.

Obama’s list this year includes three works produced by Higher Ground. “Rustin” is a biographical drama that follows the life of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, played by Colman Domingo. It is rated PG-13 for some violence, language, brief drug use, sexual material and smoking.

“American Symphony,” an intimate biographical documentary, explores the life of Jon Batiste during a year of composing music – and landing 11 nominations at the 64th Grammy Awards – while his wife, Suleika Jaouad, battles leukemia . It is rated PG-13 for strong language.

The third is “Leave the World Behind,” an apocalyptic psychological thriller based on a 2020 novel written by Rumaan Alam. It stars Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke, Myha’la and Kevin Bacon, who pay a dysfunctional group facing a technological breakdown. It is rated R for some sexual content.

All three films were released in November and are available to stream on Netflix. Obama admitted that he was “biased since these films were produced by Higher Ground, but they are actually three of the best films I’ve seen this year.”

Other films that made his list include:

  • “The remains”.
  • “Ripe.”
  • “Oppenheimer.”
  • “American Fiction.”
  • “Anatomy of a fall”.
  • “Monster.”
  • “Past Lives.”
  • “Air.”
  • “Polite society.”
  • “A thousand and one”.

He added another film, “The Color Purple,” to his list a day later.

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