American Factory

2019 | USA | NR | 115 min.


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Film Info
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Release Year:2019
Runtime:115 min.
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Steve Bognar
Julia Reichert
Produced by:Steve Bognar
Julia Reichert
Jeff Reichert
Julie Parker Benello
Cinematography:Steve Bognar
Aubrey Keith
Jeff Reichert
Editing By:Lindsay Utz
Music By:Chad Cannon


In 2014 a shuttered GM factory in Dayton, Ohio became the home of the Chinese billionaire-owned Fayou Glass America. Suddenly American factory workers deeply rooted in the Rust Belt found themselves hopeful for a chance to pull their community out of financial despair, but challenged by the seemingly insurmountable cultural differences of the Chinese counterparts now working alongside them. With surprising access to the humanity and xenophobia on both sides, this fascinating and masterful documentary reveals the complicated nature of global endeavors. Culture clashes go from humorous to tense, especially when the dirty word “union” is uttered, and an even grimmer fate looms over all of those on the factory floor: automation. A powerful reminder of the values that connect us—the need to provide, the desire to feel useful, the struggle to change—as well as the ideals that drive us apart, this must-see film sits at a crossroads of so many key issues it is bound to spark important conversations about America’s present and future. In Person: Directors Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert. Part of A Tribute to Julia Reichert.