American Factory


Isabel Bader Theatre Tue, Apr 30, 2019 6:00 PM
TIFF Lightbox 1 Thu, May 2, 2019 10:30 AM
Isabel Bader Theatre Sat, May 4, 2019 6:00 PM
TIFF Lightbox 1 Sun, May 5, 2019 4:15 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:America
Capitalism & Big Business
Labour & Working People
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Steven Bognar
Julia Reichert
Producer(s):Steven Bognar
Julia Reichert
Jeff Reichert
Julie Parker Benello
Executive Producer(s):Jeff Skoll
Diane Weyermann
Editor(s):Lindsay Utz
Cinematography:Steven Bognar
Aubrey Keith
Jeff Reichert
Julia Reichert
Erick Stoll
Sound:Lawrence Everson
Cindy Takehara Ferruccio


A General Motors plant in Ohio became one of the many casualties of the recession, shutting its doors and leaving thousands of locals without jobs. But in 2014, the plant got a surprising resurrection by way of a Chinese billionaire who purchased it to house a Fuyao Glass America factory. Local blue-collar workers were rehired, but with a twist: They found themselves now working alongside Chinese employees. The culture clash hits almost immediately by way of very conflicting work styles. In a rapidly evolving field, the push and pull of how best to efficiently deliver products becomes the main point of contention. Through amazing fly-on-the-wall access, Academy Award–nominated filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert (this year's Outstanding Achievement Award recipient) bring audiences deep into the factory, from top management decision-making to ground-level labourers working to reconcile their approaches to manufacturing. Gabor Pertic

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Additional Information

  • NOW - 5 Stars
  • NOW - 12 must-see films about and directed by women at Hot Docs 2019
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  • BlogTO - 10 Movies getting the biggest advance buzz at Hot Docs 2019
  • In the Seats - 4.5 Stars
  • POV - "Profoundly holds up a mirror to contemporary society and asks audiences what they value: their happiness or their wages."
  • Variety - "Gaining steam and sparking conversation on the festival circuit, American Factory is anything but a dry documentary, and will likely be a prime contender in awards season."