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American Factory

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Original title
American Factory
Year
Running time
110 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
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Music
Chad Cannon
Cinematography
Steven Bognar, Aubrey Keith, Jeff Reichert, Julia Reichert, Erick Stoll
Cast
Producer
Participant Media
Genre
Documentary | Job/Employment. Poverty. Social Drama
Synopsis / Plot
In 2014, a Chinese billionaire opened a Fuyao factory in a shuttered General Motors plant in Dayton, Ohio. For thousands of locals, the arrival of this multinational car-glass manufacturer meant regaining their jobs—and dignity—after the recession left them high and dry. At first, the culture clash is humorous. Transplanted Chinese workers attend trainings on dealing with their peculiarly casual and “chatty” American counterparts. But tensions mount. Slack safety standards and meager wages ignite serious doubts among the American rank and file. Low productivity and talk of unionization trigger a cascade of controls from Chinese management. Meanwhile, something ominous—the specter of job loss from automation—looms.
Awards
2019: Sundance Film Festival: Directing Award - Documentary
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