“A documentary masterpiece, plain and simple.”
A decade ago, Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s short The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant was an Oscar nominee. The film tracked the end of a factory and the loss of 3,000 people’s jobs.
Their new film brings the directors back to their old stomping ground, literally. American Factory is the story of the company which refitted and revived that same factory site, creating a lot of new jobs.
“A cross-cultural working class doc, via The Office.”
Chinese billionaire Cao Dewang creates a glass manufacturing company in the former General Motors plant. But the early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks and frustration.
Why don’t the American and Chinese get along?
The Chinese management considers the American workers lazy. The Americans consider some of the work practices unsafe, and consider unionising their new workplace.
Reminiscent of Michael Moore’s Roger and Me, this is a similarly vital story about the struggles of labour versus management in the auto industry, updated and more relevant to our hyper-capitalist, globalised age.
American Factory was named the Category Winner of Around the World in 8 Films at the Doc Edge Awards 2019.