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“As an immigrant myself, I find this film incredibly personal and a deeply moving testament to those who call this country ‘home.’” — Giannis Antetokounmpo signs on as the executive producer of ‘The Flagmakers’

While most NBA players are making documentaries about themselves, Giannis is shining a spotlight on a fascinating story about immigrants and their American experience.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has been announced as an executive producer of a new short documentary on Oak Creek's Eder Flag and its workers. The trailer to the National Geographic documentary titled 'The Flagmakers' was released recently and has gained a lot of interest. Elder Flag is one of the largest manufacturers of flags and flagpoles in the United States.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was proud to announce his involvement in the project, given that it highlights immigrant workers' stories.

"As an immigrant myself, I find this film incredibly personal and a deeply moving testament to those who call this country 'home,'" Giannis said.

'The Flagmakers' is expected to be a strong awards contender

The documentary is directed by award-winning directors Cynthia Wade and Sharon Liese, with Giannis Antetokounmpo stepping in as executive producer. It covers the story of an employee-owned company based out of Wisconsin - Elder Flag - which reportedly sews and ships five million American flags yearly.

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Employees from diverse backgrounds, including locals, immigrants, and refugees, are hired to tailor the nation's flags.

"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," the Milwaukee Bucks star added.

Disney+ brought the Antetokounmpo brothers' story to the masses

In June 2022, Disney+ exclusively released 'Rise,' a biographical film based on Giannis Antetokounmpo's journey into the NBA. The movie gave fans an understanding of the battles the Antetokounmpo brothers faced as immigrants.

The movie received many positive reviews, and Giannis hopes to inspire anyone who continues to face similar situations. Giannis shared his vision for the film when he was announced as executive producer:

"My hope is that it will inspire those in similar circumstances to keep the faith, stay true to their goals and not to give up on striving for a better life."


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