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American Factory (2019)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 21 August 2019 (USA)
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End 2008, GM closes a plant in Ohio. A Chinese billionaire/Fuyao Glass buys the plant 2014 and invests in auto glass production. There are 2000 jobs there by late 2016. USA meets PRChina.
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Credited cast:
Junming 'Jimmy' Wang ... Himself - Vice President, Fuyao
Robert Allen ... Himself - Furnace Off-Loader (as Bobby)
Sherrod Brown ... Himself - U.S. Senator, Ohio
Dave Burrows ... Himself - Vice President, Fuyao Glass America
Austin Cole ... Himself - Tempering Backlight Production Supervisor
John Crane ... Himself - Fuyao Safety Director
John Gauthier John Gauthier ... Himself - President, Fuyao Glass America
Rob Haerr ... Himself - Furnace Supervisor
Cynthia Harper ... Herself - Lamination Specialist
Wong He ... Himself - Furance Engineer
Timi Jernigan ... Himself - Furnance Technician
Jill Lamantia ... Herself - Forklift Operator
Jeff Daochuan Liu ... Himself - President, Fuyao Glass America
Shawnea Rosser ... Herself - Glass Inspector
Rebecca Ruan-O'Shaughnessy Rebecca Ruan-O'Shaughnessy ... Herself - Fuyao Attorney
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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. Written by Production

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Cultures collide. Hope survives.

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21 August 2019 (USA) See more »

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The first film released from the new production company Higher Ground, founded by former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. See more »

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China is Next
31 July 2019 | by ddmcd-34250See all my reviews

Just saw this at Traverse City Film Festival. Does not sugarcoat the rust belt problem. The Chinese came to the US hoping to recharge a shuttered GM factory to build glass for autos and trucks. In return for hiring chronically unemployed in the Dayton area, they hoped that workers would participate despite low wages and unsafe working conditions given the lack of other job opportunities. The culture clash was nontrivial. Bottom line: all manufacturing jobs are threatened by automation, not just those currently held by Americans. Some cultures are willing to accept the pressure to produce, while others resist.


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