Julia Reichert, the documentary filmmaker who received an Oscar in 2020 with husband and directing accomplice Steven Bognar for American Factory, died final night time of bladder most cancers. She was 75.

A longtime resident of Yellow Springs, Ohio, her loss of life was announnced by the world’s public radio station WYSO, the place Reichert had beforehand hosted a weekly present.

With a deal with class points, gender inequality, race and and the worldwide economic system’s influence on middle-class – and infrequently Midwestern – America, Reichert’s movies included such Oscar nominees as Union Maids (1976) Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists (1983, with Jim Klein) and The Last Truck: Closing of A GM Plant (2009, with Steven Bognar), the latter movie documenting the closing of a GM plant within the Dayton suburb of Moraine.

The couple’s Oscar got here with American Factory, an in-depth take a look at the financial, social ramifications and tradition clashes when that deserted GM plant of The Last Truck was reopened by an anti-union Chinese billionaire. The movie received the Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary.

In an interview with WYSO final yr, Reichert mentioned, “I grew up, I got here of age within the ’60s. Millions of us noticed racism, noticed U.S. domination all over the world. Imperialism. Saw big inequalities class sensible. We mentioned the system’s not working and we turned, in some broad sense, revolutionaries. Not that we wished to assault the White House however we actually wished to vary society.”

In addition to filmmaking, Reichert was a Professor of Motion Pictures at Wright State University exterior Dayton.

She is survived by Bognar, daughter Lela Klein Holt, three brothers, two grandchildren and a nephew.

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