Veteran documentary filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s Oscar-nominated short, “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant,” tracked the final days an Ohio factory that left some 3,000 people without jobs.
“American Factory” serves as a kind of sequel to that drama, revealing the strange odyssey of the company that moved in.
The saga of Fuyao Glass America, a Chinese-run company that replaced the old GM plant in 2014 and rehired thousands of locals, unfolds as a fascinating tragicomedy about the incompatibility of American and Chinese companies.
Arriving in town as its saving grace, Fuyao Glass Company instead brings a whole new set of bureaucratic problems and enterprising goals often lost in translation.
Netflix recently acquired “American Factory” at the Sundance Film Festival.
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