Director: Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar
2019, 115 minutes, NRIn the Pop-up
The 2020 Oscar winner for Best Documentary Feature. 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.
“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.” – David Fear, Rolling Stone
“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.” – John Powers, NPR