International basketball superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has signed on as an executive producer for a new short documentary on a Wisconsin employee-owned flag manufacturer and its workers, many of whom are immigrants and refugees.
“The Flagmakers,” produced by National Geographic, is already being touted as a leading contender for an Academy Award.
According to National Geographic, the documentary poses one of today’s most pressing questions: Who is the American flag for?
“Employee-owned Eder Flag in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, sews and ships five million American flags a year. The flagmakers — locals, immigrants and refugees — stitch stars and stripes as they wrestle with identity and belonging.”
Antetokounmpo, who was born in Greece to Nigerian parents, said in a news release: “As an immigrant myself, I find this film incredibly personal and a deeply moving testament to those who call this country ‘home.’ Each one of these inspiring individuals have overcome adversity and challenges in their lives and bring those unique experiences and stories as they craft the American flag.”
The documentary, which was filmed during the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, was screened last week at the Camden International Film Festival in Maine.
The film is expected to have a brief theatrical run in Los Angeles to qualify for the Academy Awards, and will most likely be available on streaming services — most likely Disney+ — later this year.
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