American Factory



Rafael 3 Sat, May 4, 2019 3:30 PM
Sequoia 2 Sun, May 5, 2019 7:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Art of Impact
Running Time:114 min.
Director:Steven Bognar
Julia Reichert
Producer:Steven Bognar
Julia Reichert
Jeff Reichert
Julie Parker Benello
Jeff Skoll
Diane Weyermann
Cinematographer:Steven Bognar
Aubrey Keith
Jeff Reichert
Julia Reichert
Erick Stoll
Editor:Lindsay Utz
Print Source:Netflix
Note Writer:Ken Jacobson


An epic saga of the consequences of America's disappearing manufacturing sector and China's resurgence as a world economic power, American Factory is a masterpiece of documentary storytelling. Seeking no easy answers, directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert embed themselves in the life of a shuttered GM plant in Dayton, Ohio that has been reborn as an auto glass factory owned by a giant Chinese company. What ensues is a fascinating contrast in cultures that plays out on the floor of the plant, in executive offices, and throughout the community. Meanwhile, with the plant under pressure to make a profit and workers seeking to unionize, events are about to come to a head.

Additional Information

Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar  are Oscar®-nominated, and Emmy®-winning documentary filmmakers whose work has screened at Sundance, Telluride, SXSW, and other major festivals. Their film, The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant, premiered at the 2009 Telluride Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short. Their films have told stories of frank-and-file citizens grappling with questions of agency and how to have a decent life. Reichert’s work, in particular, spanning 50 years of filmmaking, has a through-line of concern for working-class and women’s stories. Reichert was also Oscar®-nominated for her documentary feature films Union Maids (1977) and Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists (1983).