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American Factory

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Original title
American Factory
Running time
110 min.
United States United States
Chad Cannon
Steven Bognar, Aubrey Keith, Jeff Reichert, Julia Reichert, Erick Stoll
Participant Media. Distributed by Netflix
Documentary | Job/Employment. Poverty. Social Drama
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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.
2019: Academy Awards: Oscar for Best Documentary
2019: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Documentary
2019: Sundance Film Festival: Directing Award - Documentary
2019: National Board of Review (NBR): Top Documentaries
2019: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Documentary
2019: Independent Spirit Awards: Best Documentary
2019: Gotham Awards: Best Documentary
2019: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Documentary
2019: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director / Documentary
2019: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Documentary
2019: San Francisco Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Documentary
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