Giannis Antetokounmpo executive produced NatGeo Doco a strong Oscars contender


NBA champ and 2-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo has signed on as Executive Producer on a National Geographic short documentary co-directed by Oscar winning doco maker Cynthia Wade reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The short documentary "The Flagmakers," is about a group of immigrants working in a factory that manufactures American flags and according to is expected to be a strong Academy Awards contender.

“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.” said Antetokounmpo in a statement released on Friday.

In the statement, co-directors Cynthia Wade and Sharon Liese said the factory in the doco is a unique place for understanding the relationship people of diverse backgrounds have with the American flag.

“When we first walked into this Midwestern flag factory staffed by immigrants, refugees and locals, we instantly saw that this would be an ideal setting to explore the layered and deeply nuanced relationships Americans have to our flag and to our country,” Wade and Liese said in their statement.