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American Factory (2019)

In 2008, GM closes a plant in Ohio. A Chinese company buys the plant in 2014 and invests in auto glass production.
(NR, 115 min.)


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

7:00 PM

This FREE screening is in partnership with Missouri Jobs With Justice. There will be a panel discussion following the film organized by MOJWJ.

Summary: 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. [Metacritic]

Starring: Junming 'Jimmy' Wang, Robert Allen, Sherrod Brown
Director: Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar
Genre(s): Documentary

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"Complex, stirring, timely and beautifully shaped."

— Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"Sharply delineates the possibilities - and the limits - of a modern global economy."

— Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

"Thoroughly engrossing ... The way the directors are able to provide a portrait of empathy on all sides is astounding."

— Jordan Raup, The Film Stage

"The filmmakers' probing analysis reveals the basic principles of freedom and dignity within the political essence of labor issues."

— Richard Brody, New Yorker

"Of all the documentaries you see this year, this one most potently embodies the ever-changing sense of the words 'Made in America.'"

— Peter Debruge, Variety

"It’s a great, expansive, deeply humanist work, angry but empathetic to its core. It gestures toward the end of the working world we know — and to the rise of the machines."

— David Edelstein, New York Magazine (Vulture)

"It is, in essence, a scholarly, almost sociological treatment of the material, in a way that broadly speaks to the plight of these blue-collar workers, with an empathy that's personal but not partisan."

— Brian Lowry,

"'American Factory,' an exquisite documentary set at the contradictory core where those forces converge, tells a macroeconomic story through the micro-level experiences of indelible real-life characters."

— Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

"American Factory tackles the challenges of globalization with much more depth and nuance than most reporting on the topic, precisely because it steps back to watch a story unfold over time and resists easy generalizations. It’s both soberly instructive and fascinating."

— Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

"Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert have produced in “American Factory” an invaluable snapshot of a moment where history is repeating itself, and trying to write a new, possibly dystopian ending. But it’s also a film full of beautiful human beings, trying desperately to make good for themselves and their families regardless of their nationality and culture."

— William Bibbiani, TheWrap