Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Julia Reichert dies aged 76

Julia Reichert, an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker whose films explored themes of race, class and gender, has passed away. She was 76.

He died on Thursday night of cancer, her family said Friday through a representative. She was diagnosed with stage four urinary cancer in April 2018.

Often referred to as “the godmother of American independent documentaries,” Reichert tells the stories of ordinary Americans, from auto workers dealing with factory closures ( The Last Truck: Closing GM Plant in 2009) and foreign investors (American Factory in 2019), to members of the American Communist Party (See Red 1983) to activists women’s rights in the 1930s (Union Maids 1976).

In her 50 years of filmmaking, Reichert has won two Primetime Emmy Awards and been nominated for four Academy Awards, winning one alongside her partner Steven Bognar for American Factory in 2020. She cited the Communist Manifesto. property in his speech, saying that “things will get better when the workers of the world unite”.

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Julia Reichert with partner Steven Bognar (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/PA)

Born in 1946 in Princeton, New Jersey and raised in Bordentown and Long Beach Island with his three older brothers, Reichert began finding his voice as a filmmaker at Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio, began her long-term residency in the state.

Her first film, Growing Up Female, was a 49-minute student film made on a budget of $2,000 (£1,630) with then-partner Jim Klein, about her life. lives of six women.

When they couldn’t find distribution, they founded their own company, New Day Films, which is still active today. In 2011, Growing Up Female was added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry and is considered the first documentary about the modern women’s liberation movement.

Reichert is survived by Bognar, daughter Lela Klein Holt, and two grandchildren.

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