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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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American Factory See more »

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Moraine, Ohio, 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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References Norma Rae (1979) See more »

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An incomplete story
30 August 2019 | by alexdarkstriderSee all my reviews

A documentary funded by the Obama family, it made me a little skeptical at first, but after watching the entire movie, i have to admit the producers tried their best to present the stories from both side albeit being supported by an obviously unneutral funding.

The most interesting thing is the contrast between how a an entrepreneur from (socialist) China preaches the purest form of capitalism and how a small group of American workers tried to enforce worker's union, a very socialist creation long hated by past American industrialists.

Why is this incomplete?

Because the ending makes it look like FUGA (Fuyao Glass America) was going to fail.

In reality, FUGA has become a very successful company. Without UAW interference and after firing all the troublemakers, FUGA hired a lot of young people, and turned to a profit, and contributing huge amount of taxes to support America.

I dont want to guess the intention behind why the documentary tried to shed negative lights on FUGA and didn't interview the majority of voters who voted against UAW, but it makes viewers like me wonder why do they paint a negative tone on a company that is reviving the Rust Belt while all other American companies are retreating?


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