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Feb 7, 2021

Barack and Michelle Obama’s higher ground sets 6 projects at Netflix

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Tenzing & Everest
Tenzing & Everest

Feature movie on Tenzing Norgay included

Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions has unveiled a new slate of projects at Netflix, with subjects ranging from one of the first men to reach the summit of world’s highest snow-covered peak Mt. Everest to a YA thriller centered on a Native American girl.

Barack and Michelle Obama. Chris Jackson/Getty Image

Barack and Michelle Obama’s Production Company has announced on Friday to venture five new projects in development for Netflix Inc, including feature based Tenzing—a Nepali-Indian man who first reached the summit of Mount Everest– roof of the world–with Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand a love story with a supernatural twist and a young adult thriller.

Tenzing Norgay GM OSN, born Namgyal Wangdi, and also referred to as Sherpa Tenzing, was a Nepali-Indian Sherpa mountaineer. He was one of the first two individuals (with Sir Edmund Hillary) known to reach the summit of Mount Everest, which he accomplished with Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953.

Mount Everest is earth’s highest mountain above sea level, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. The China–Nepal border runs across its summit point. Its elevation of 8,848.86 meter was most recently established in 2020 by the Nepali and Chinese authorities

The production will produce for Netflix are Firekeeper’s Daughter, Great National Parks, Satellite Tenzing, The Young Wife. The slate includes Riz Ahmed starrer ‘Exit West,’ a YA series centered on a Native girl.

In Tenzing, a feature based on the life of Tenzing Norgay, the documentary filmmaker Jennifer Peedom (Sherpa), will make her narrative feature directing debut. Peedom had spent years on Mt. Everest,

Luke Davies (Lion, Hulu’s Catch-22) wrote the script, which is based on the book Tenzing: Hero of Everest by Ed Douglas, the production company stated.

Born on August 4, 196, Barack Hussein Obama II is an American politician and attorney. He served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Obama was the first African-American president of the United States

“We created Higher Ground to tell great stories. This group of projects builds upon that goal and the incredible path forged by films like Crip Camp, Becoming, and the Oscar-winning American Factory,” the Obamas said in a statement.

“From science fiction to the beauty of our natural world to the relationships that define us, Higher Ground continues to strive for fresh perspectives, compelling characters, and a healthy dose of inspiration. We couldn’t be more proud to team up with the brilliant artists behind each of these stories. Each of them has something important to say,” it added.

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