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Obamas, Kenya Barris Team for Netflix Animated Musical Series

Barack and Michelle Obama, and Kenya Barris have produced a Netflix series combining music and animation. “We the People,” created and produced by Chris Nee, consists of 10 three-minute episodes that feature music performed by HER, Brandi Carlile and Andra Day, among others. The show will air on the streamer on July 4.

According to the Connection Line, “We the People” covers a range of basic civic education lessons in the United States in a not-so-basic fashion, to original songs performed by artists such as Janelle Monáe, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adam Lambert, Cordae, Bebe Rexha, Kyle and the first National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, with a revolutionary mix of lively styles. Each episode in the series promises to be a vibrant call to action for everyone to rethink civics education as a living, breathing thing, and reframe their understanding of what government and citizenship mean in a modern world. Other musicians featured in the series include Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Daveed Diggs, and Brittany Howard.

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Executive producers alongside Obamas and Barris are Tonia Davis, Priya Swaminathan via Higher Ground and Nee for Laughing Wild. Barris executive produced via Khalabo Ink Society. Other producers include Ada Chiaghana, Erynn Sampson, and PeeDee Shindell. The series was directed by Peter Ramsey, Trisha Gum, Victoria Vincent, Benjy Brooke, Mabel Ye, Tim Rauch, Jorge R. Gutierrez, Daron Nefcy, Everett Downing and Kendra Ryan.

The AFI Docs Film Festival will host the world premiere of “We the People” with a free screening in the Docs Talks section of the event on June 24 at 8 p.m. ET.