American Factory


The Main 2 Fri, Apr 5, 2019 4:30 PM
The Main 2 Thu, Apr 11, 2019 9:40 PM
The Main 2 Mon, Apr 15, 2019 4:30 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Programs:New American Visions
Women & Film
Women Directors
Culture & Society
Release Year:2019
Runtime:115 min
Print Source:Netflix
Director:Steven Bognar
Julia Reichert
Executive Producer:Jeff Skoll
Diane Weyermann
Producer:Steven Bognar
Julia Reichert
Cinematographer:Steven Bognarr
Aubrey Keith
Jeff Reichert
Julia Reichert and Erick Stoll
Editor:Lindsay Utz
Composer:Chad Cannon


Brilliantly directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, this Sundance award-winning documentary explores the culture clash that envelopes workers and management when a giant Chinese company reopens a shuttered General Motors auto plant in Dayton, Ohio. Led by Chinese billionaire Cao Dewang, Fuyao Glass America invests in the long-forgotten property and hires over 2000 Americans to staff it. However, the micromanagement of the Chinese managers soon results in a befuddled conflict with their blue-collar employees. As Bognar and Reichert let this meeting of two very different communities play out, we are asked to wonder which approach to business and community should prevail, and whether there is a way to mend the cultural divide.

Director Biography

Steven Bognar Julia Reichert

Filmmaker Steven Bognar is known for his films A Lion in the House (06) and Picture Day (02). Co-director Julia Reichert filmography includes Making Morning Star (15) and Saving Mes Aynak (14).


"This documentary feels like the beginning of a very different America and that we have such an intimate portrait of the change to come is a remarkable achievement." - The Film Stage