American Factory (2019) - Documentary

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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.

IMDB: 7.6
Director: Steven Bognar
Stars: Junming 'Jimmy' Wang, Robert Allen
Length: 115 Minutes
PG Rating: TV-14
Reviews: 12 out of 114 found boring (10.52%)

One-line Reviews (56)

On the one hand, I was annoyed with the usual Communist propaganda coming out of the Unions.

Another interesting feature is the chairman Cao self-reflecting on his decision to open factories, and how he feels empty, and not knowing whether he is a sinner or not.

A final note: This film has an extraordinarily compelling musical score by someone names Chad Cannon that propels and highlights the narrative and is amazingly effective on its own terms.

Propaganda permeates all aspects of work.

Another boring documentary film!

This documentary shows, in stunning accuracy, the current state of unions and socialism.

The truth is much more mundane.

Fascinating .

This makes for fascinating viewing.

Obama propaganda .

and China, and well worth the watch.

Bored to freaking death.

We Americans are slow, fat,lazy and entitled whilst our Chinese counterparts are devout worker ants.

Short and fascinating.

It is fascinating how each group holds the other in such contempt and feels they aren't holding up their end of the bargain: the Chinese are frustrated that the Americans don't work enough hours and aren't efficient enough, while the Americans feel they have no voice in the company and pay is far lower than they are accustomed to.

Entire film quite bored and not intense!

The contrast between the Chinese and the American cultures is what makes this documentary worth watching.

Timely and fascinating .

It is a fascinating collision of modern manufacturing with age old problems.

I enjoyed parts, but parts really dragged.

American Factory captures a fascinating cultural intersection of various groups.

Beautiful cinematography foundation with honest, insightful and heartfelt interviews, intriguing business angles and opening up a dialogue about the impacts of globalization and automation (although I disagreed with the doom & gloom written comments towards the end).

The filmmakers take a long, complex narrative of cultures clashing across world borders and edits it into an engaging and focused doc.

But the home movie meets discovery channel on production made everything boring.

Very exciting movie .

Interesting and Engaging .

Well worth watching to see the decrepit state of American unions and being hoisted by their own UAW petard.

Honest, insightful and heartfelt interviews, intriguing business angles and opening up a dialogue about the impacts of globalization .

Boring .

In a way I was expecting that the Chinese will have their brain washed by the Chinese propaganda.

Great engaging documentary .

Highly, highly recommend it.

Absolutely fascinating film .


Compelling documentary about America and Chinese workers.


Fascinating .

Derivative and boring.

Many of them are old, and older workers tend to be a little slower, especially when it comes to manufacturing jobs.

I felt a lot of things--respect for the workers and the exacting nature of their trade, sympathy and respect for a lot of compelling individuals on both sides of the conflict...

Fascinating and brilliant piece .

American Factory is a fascinating documentary film available on Netflix that delves into the culture clash and factory labour conditions when a Chinese auto glass manufacturer takes over a shutdown GM assembly plant in Ohio.

Too many boring conversation and not intense!

Chinese employees are shown engaging in morale-building exercises including songs and dances and we see them line-up daily as if they are preparing for boot camp.

The 90's saw seismic shifts as the labor intensive industries of dry goods changed, closing virtually all US manufacturing.

A fascinating documentary from directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert about different workplace strategies, lifestyles, and demographics.

workforce and the consequent cultural conflicts are highlighted to devastating effect, illustrated by what American viewers will find to be an uncomfortable dissection of their own culture, in all its fatuous self-indulgence, by amazing footage of lectures on the subject by Chinese cross-cultural consultants as they lecture Chinese workers and supervisors sent to Dayton to show Americans in how things should be done.

"They dislike abstraction and theory in their daily lives," one manager warned, complaining about how difficult it is to train "slow" American workers with their "fat fingers.

However with the amount of union propaganda and most people being interviewed being pro union, it sets the viewer up to thinking it will be unionized in a land slide when that isn't true - - only 33% voted to unionize and the viewer must be thinking - - what?

Worth watching if you care about middle-class workers or their corporate overlords.

A propaganda movie .

Fuyao and Obama's documentary ignores the fact that Barack Obama's backroom deal with UAW at General Motors caused the closing of the factory with its IUE-CWA workers, who lost all seniority, and benefits, including healthcare and retirement monies, compelling them to start as new hires at other GM plants run by UAW.

The film is a fascinating study in culture clash.

The transformation and story of the workers is compelling and heartbreaking to see them lose their jobs for something they believe.

Boring film, trying to show us that this is new situation in the world, only happening in Ohio, USA.

You see what the communist propaganda made to the minds of the Chinese.