American Factory

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American Factory takes a thoughtful -- and troubling -- look at the dynamic between workers and employers in the 21st-century globalized economy.

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In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.

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  • Could not have been more timely.

    February 21, 2020 | Full Review…
  • American Factory sets out to chart what's supposed to be a test run for the future of the auto industry and an example of positive international relations. It ends up capturing a cross-cultural car wreck in slow motion.

    September 13, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Reichert and Bognar are clearly on the side of the workers, both American and Chinese, yet their film is no Michael Moore polemic. It's an old-school observational documentary in the very best sense of the term.

    August 26, 2019 | Full Review…

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  • The movie is eye-opening - a windshield on the new world.

    August 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Sharply delineates the possibilities - and the limits - of a modern global economy.

    August 22, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Given the global context of the story, The title "American Factory" carries with it more than a hint of irony. But the documentary tells an increasingly American story.

    August 22, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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