NOTE: This is an online viewing party and requires that you already have a Netflix account and Google Chrome internet browser with the Netflix Party extension downloaded.
Netflix Party Film Screening + A Live Talk via Zoom!
(Join us via Zoom after the film for a live talk about the film with Daniel Cederberg, Political Officer for U.S. Embassy)
Directed by Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar
United States | 2019 | 110 minutes
In English, Mandarin with English Subtitles
RATING: ( G ) - General Audiences
Synopsis: In 2014, a Chinese billionaire opened a Fuyao factory in a shuttered General Motors plant in Dayton, Ohio. For thousands of locals, the arrival of this multinational car-glass manufacturer meant regaining their jobs—and dignity—after the recession left them high and dry. American Factory takes us inside the facility to observe what happens when workers from profoundly different cultures collide. At first, the culture clash is humorous. Transplanted Chinese workers attend trainings on dealing with their peculiarly casual and “chatty” American counterparts. But tensions mount. Slack safety standards and meager wages ignite serious doubts among the American rank and file. Low productivity and talk of unionization trigger a cascade of controls from Chinese management. Meanwhile, something ominous—the specter of job loss from automation— looms.