Oscars Winner Quotes Karl Marx: ‘Workers of the World, Unite’
This is no Red Scare!
The producers of the documentary, American Factory, won an Oscar Sunday night, and quoted Karl Marx's "Communist Manifesto" during their acceptance speech.
Julia Reichert, from Dayton, Ohio, produced the film with her husband, Steven Bognar. Together they created “American Factory,” a film IMDB describes as: “In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a factory in an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.”
Former President Obama’s production company, Higher Ground, acquired the movie last April.
“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 — 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,” Reichert said. “Our film is from Ohio and China. Go Buckeyes.”
“And — sorry,” she said, before pivoting to politics. “And — 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.”
“Workers of the world, unite” is, of course, how Karl Marx’s “Communist Manifesto” closes.