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American Factory (2019)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 21 August 2019 (USA)
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In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a factory in an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.
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Credited cast:
Junming 'Jimmy' Wang ... Self - Vice President, Fuyao
Robert Allen ... Self - Furnace Off-Loader (as Bobby)
Sherrod Brown ... Self - U.S. Senator, Ohio
Dave Burrows ... Self - Vice President, Fuyao Glass America
Dawnetta Cantrell Dawnetta Cantrell ... Self
Lori Cochran Lori Cochran ... Self
Austin Cole ... Self - Tempering Backlight Production Supervisor
John Crane ... Self - Fuyao Safety Director
John Gauthier John Gauthier ... Self - President, Fuyao Glass America
Rob Haerr ... Self - Furnace Supervisor
Cynthia Harper ... Self - Lamination Specialist
Wong He ... Self - Furance Engineer
Timi Jernigan ... Self - Furnance Technician
Jill Lamantia ... Self - Forklift Operator
Jeff Daochuan Liu ... Self - President, Fuyao Glass America
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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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The film won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program. See more »

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Himself - Fuyao Safety Director: Everybody at every level will say that we really, really want to be safe. But safety doesn't pay the bills.
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References Norma Rae (1979) 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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English | Mandarin

Release Date:

21 August 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Moraine, Ohio, USA See more »

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1.78 : 1
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