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“American Factory,” the fascinating story of a Chinese/American culture clash in the midst of one of the most up-close-and-personal settings possible, the workplace.  In this case, it is a former Michigan auto assembly plant which has been bought -- and now managed -- by a Chinese  manufacturer.  The drama is generated by the shoulder-to-shoulder “integration” of a 50%/50% mix of Chinese & dyed-in-the-wool American union auto workers.  Each group is set in their own ways but, out of necessity, must strive to make the relationship work.   

The documentary, backed by Barack and Michelle Obama’s new production company, follows along as a shuttered General Motors plant outside Dayton is bought and converted into a factory run by China’s Fuyao Glass. The complexities of the issue are evident in the reactions it evoked in China, a mix of self-reflection and defensiveness as the trade war with the U.S. shows no sign of ending.

L A Times:  "A complicated multifaceted story that deals with very different cultures in combination and collision, a story that both understands global economics and has the sensitivity to involve us intimately in the daily lives of the people involved."

New York Magazine/Vulture: "The movie is eye-opening - a windshield on the new world".

Entertainment Weekly: "Sharply delineates the possibilities - and the limits - of a modern global economy".

Do you know of any Villagers -- or others, American and/or Chinese -- who might have been through a similar intercultural experience themselves for possible post screening discussion?

Registration required: Max 49
Tuesday, October 01, 2019, 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM
Pasadena Village Complex Flintridge Center Room 117

Belinda Vidaurri
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