American Factory

American Factory

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 8:45pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 6:30pm
Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
US
2019
115 minutes

When a General Motors plant in Dayton, Ohio, closed down during the 2008 recession 2000 people were laid off. A few years later, Dayton residents are relieved to hear that Fuyao, a Chinese automotive glass company, is taking over the factory plant and bringing back jobs. With the takeover, Fuyao’s chairman, Cao Dewang, also brings with him hundreds of workers from China to supervise the Americans. The result is a post-Fordist drama that provides a gripping and often humorous insider-look at cultural differences between workers, with a sharp-eyed examination of shifting power in the global economy. Fair pay, workers’ rights, and the value of work-life balance take centre stage. When billionaire Cao insists on paying lower wages, he tells the Chinese workers, “It’s not how much money you make, it’s changing how Americans view the Chinese.” -SC

“What starts as a workplace comedy where Americans are mocked for their lazy tendencies and ‘fat fingers’ quickly becomes a film about power, manipulation, dangerous working conditions, fair pay, and the reconciliation, or lack thereof, of Chinese and American culture.” - VOX MAGAZINE