WORKING: WHAT WE DO ALL DAY is a limited four-part series documentary featuring former President Barack Obama as the narrator. Michelle and Barack Obama produce it. It takes us within the workings of different types of jobs in the service, hospitality, and tech industries. The film talked to the people at the entry levels to the executive suites and the CEOS. 

The basic themes were repeated several times throughout the show. How are we connected? Is it possible to be considered middle class? Are dream jobs attainable? What are the responsibilities of the one at the top to those at the bottom? These are all great questions to ponder, but impossible and unrealistic to achieve justice within a few hours of viewing time. The people featured in all these categories were interesting. The clips, interviews, and discussions helped to stir the conversations, but to what end? 

For me, this series was very slow and plodding at times. I adore listening to Barack, but there wasn’t enough on-camera time with the former President. WORKING: WHAT WE DO didn’t offer much solution-wise to equal all the inequalities. It gave little new info to this dilemma. Yes, people want to be seen and valued. They want to know they make a difference. Now what? This documentary just wasn’t enough.

It can be streamed on NETFLIX.

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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