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6.9
/10
213 Ratings

American Factory

United States, 2019
Documentary

Synopsis

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.

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American Factory Directed by Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2020 | Winner: Best Documentary (Feature)

Sundance Film Festival

2019 | Winner: Directing Award (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Independent Spirit Awards

2020 | Winner: Best Documentary

CPH:DOX

2019

American Factory wrenches us again, like in Modern Times, with a supertitle at the end that informs us that by 2030, 375 million people around the world will have lost their jobs to automation, unions or not. Why this ideological muddle? Because this is cinema verité in the service of power, not people, made to win awards.
April 26, 2020
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American Factory evaluates Yankee fecklessness from a globalist perspective. Reviewers also neglect pointing out that Reichert and Bognar’s social-justice pretenses never rise to the level of imaginative expression found in Alexander Dovzhenko’s Soviet masterpieces Arsenal (1929) and Earth (1930).
August 23, 2019
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A mesmerizing jumble of culture and labor politics.
August 23, 2019
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