AMERICAN FACTORY (美国工厂)
A conversation with Directors Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and NBC/Meet The Press's Chuck Todd will follow the screening.
When a giant Chinese auto glass company takes over a shuttered GM plant in Dayton, OH, it is greeted like a savior by locals desperate to reclaim the good jobs that have largely disappeared from America’s dwindling manufacturing sector. For a time, enthusiasm runs high. But under pressure to make a profit, the honeymoon proves short-lived. Soon, workers look to unionize while management is determined to stop the movement. Tensions rise and tempers boil.
Academy Award®-nominated directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert craft a masterpiece of documentary storytelling by focusing on the dramatic and, at times, amusing culture clash that results when Chinese notions of work and sacrifice go head-to-head against Americans’ sense of fairness and pride. Winner of the Sundance U.S. Documentary Prize for Directing. –Ken Jacobson
Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert are Oscar®-nominated documentary filmmakers whose work has screened at Sundance, Telluride, SXSW and other major festivals, as well as on the PBS series INDEPENDENT LENS; and has won a Primetime Emmy®.