American Factory

Directed by Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert
2019
USA
110 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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A fly-on-the-wall account of what happened when a Chinese company opened an American factory – a fascinating, inadvertently funny look at cross-cultural misunderstanding.

The General Motors plant in Dayton, Ohio, closed in 2008 and since then jobs have been in short supply. So when a Chinese billionaire announces his company will be opening an automobile glass factory on the old GM site, the community is overjoyed. But their optimism and happiness soon flounders, as they struggle to reach production targets and worry about worsening safety conditions. In turn, Chinese managers are instructed in the idiosyncratic ways of Americans, as they bemoan their inefficiency. A visit by US managers to the company's Chinese factory only serves to underscore the cultural gap. Winner: Directing Award, Documentary at Sundance 2019.

A fascinating tragicomedy about the incompatibility of American and Chinese industries.
Eric Kohn, Indiewire
A deceptively light hearted look at one of the most significant cultural and economic conflicts of our times.
Anthony Kaufman, Screen International

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Sun 9 June
6:30pm
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2
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Tue 11 June
6:15pm
Event Cinemas George St 3
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International Documentaries
Year
2019
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
USA
Language
In English and Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles
Director
Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert
Producer
Jeff Reichert, Julie Parker Benello
Cinematographer
Steven Bognar, Aubrey Keith, Jeff Reichert, Julia Reichert, Erick Stoll
Editor
Lindsay Utz
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Documentary, Women Directors, Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Asia
Company Credits
Rights Holder: Netflix
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