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Chinese loyalty clashes with American tradition on the factory floor

American Factory
Regissør: Steven Bognar Julia Reichert
(USA)

GLOBALIZATION: American Factory offers cultural collision and fraternization between workers from high-tech China and American working class.

The car factory for General Motors (GM) in Dayton, Ohio, had to close its doors in 2008: There were downturns and low demand for gas-fueled cars. More than 10 people became unemployed overnight. The directors Steven bognar og Julia Reichert documented the incident in The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant (2009, HBO). IN American Factory the two-team has returned to Ohio.

The car factory was bought by the Chinese billionaire Cao Dewand and reopened in 2014 with glass window manufacturing for the automotive industry: Fuyao Glass America.

Get half the salary

"We're never going to make that much money again – that time is over," says a former GM employee resigned.

The film opens with many of Fuyao's employees initially excited about new job opportunities. Truck driver Jill has struggled to make ends meet after she lost her job at GM. Since the mortgage became impossible to service and the bank took over the home, she has lived in her sister's basement.

The wage differences for those. . .

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Carmen Gray
Gray is a regular film critic in Ny Tid.

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