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American Factory

In 2014, a Chinese billionaire opened a Fuyao factory in a shuttered General Motors plant in Dayton, Ohio. American Factory takes us inside the facility to observe what happens when workers from profoundly different cultures collide.
January 2020
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American Factory

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Director: Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert


2019, USA, 115 minutes, Digital, NR

Language: English and Mandarin with English subtitles

Distributor: Netflix

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Program Notes

Join the Baltimore Museum of Industry at the SNF Parkway Theatre for a special event screening and discussion of 2019 Maryland Film Festival selection, American Factory! Free with RSVP.

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.

American Factory is one of those rare documentaries that creates an indelible portrait of the particular moment in which it’s made, while also revealing something more essential about the world in which it exists. Emmy winning filmmaking team, Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar expertly explore the wild culture clash that ensues when this distinctly Chinese company sets up shop in the heart of middle America.”
– Scott Braid, Maryland Film Festival Director


Sundance Film Festival
Maryland Film Festival


Directing Award, Documentary
Sundance Film Festival

Critics' Praise

“Reichert and Bognar are clearly on the side of the workers, both American and Chinese, yet their film is no Michael Moore polemic. It’s an old-school observational documentary in the very best sense of the term.”
– John Powers, NPR

“Eye-opening – a windshield on the new world.”
– David Edelstein, New York Magazine

“A snapshot of the struggle between labor and management that is both timeless and distinctly of its time.”
– Peter Sobczynski,

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