Past Film/Video | Visiting Filmmakers | Documentaries

American Factory

(Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, 2019)

Julia Reichert in person

Rust Belt, Ohio. In the husk of a huge, abandoned General Motors plant, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory, hiring 2,000 blue-collar Americans and hundreds of native Chinese. Early days of hope and optimism are truly tested by the scale of the project and by the cultural differences between high-tech China and America’s postindustrial Midwest. The filmmakers take us deep inside this story—and the plant itself—examining the future of both American labor and Chinese economic dominance. (115 mins., DCP)

"... Complex, stirring, timely, and beautifully shaped, spanning continents as it surveys the past, present and possible future of American labor."
Image of two people from American Factory

American Factory, courtesy of Netflix

Image of worker from American Factory

American Factory, courtesy of Netflix

Image of worker from American Factory

American Factory, courtesy of Netflix

Image of two people stepping off a plane from American Factory

American Factory, courtesy of Netflix

This screening is courtesy of Netflix.

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American Factory