AMERICAN FACTORY (美国工厂) Documentary Films Free Screenings



Talent attending: Steven Bognar (Director)

When a giant Chinese auto glass company takes over a shuttered GM plant in Dayton, OH, it is greeted like a savior by locals desperate to reclaim the good jobs that have largely disappeared from America’s dwindling manufacturing sector. For a time, enthusiasm runs high. But under pressure to make a profit, the honeymoon proves short-lived. Soon, workers look to unionize while management is determined to stop the movement. Tensions rise and tempers boil.

Academy Award®-nominated directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert craft a masterpiece of documentary storytelling by focusing on the dramatic and, at times, amusing culture clash that results when Chinese notions of work and sacrifice go head-to-head against Americans’ sense of fairness and pride. Winner of the Sundance U.S. Documentary Prize for Directing. –Ken Jacobson

Accessibility: CCAP/HI/VI

Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert are Academy Award®-nominated documentary filmmakers whose work has screened at Sundance, Telluride, SXSW and other major festivals, as well as on the PBS series INDEPENDENT LENS. Their film A LION IN THE HOUSE won a Primetime Emmy®.

Niki McMahon


Country: USA

Year: 2019

Directors: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert

Producers: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert, Jeff Reichert, Julie Parker Benello

Executive Producers: Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann

Directors of Photography: Steven Bognar, Aubrey Keith, Jeff Reichert, Julia Reichert, Erick Stoll

Editor: Lindsay Utz

Music: Chad Cannon

Running Time (minutes): 115 min

Languges: English, Mandarin