Directed by Steven BognarJulia Reichert

Chadley Says

American Factory is a fascinating look at misinformation and cultural differences as they take hold and contrast each other. This documentary published by Netflix follows a group of American factory workers as they become employed by, and work closely with, a group of Chinese industrialists. At first the film feels inclusive and forward thinking, but it isn’t long before ignorance becomes a frustrating and obnoxious part of the narrative. The movie’s biggest problem is that it fails to take a stance between totalitarian capitalism and socialism. Both are well represented here, but each are portrayed to be the absolute of the industrial world, leaving the audience a little confused about what the actual message is. There’s a lot of great moments in here, and it’s simple to understand why this film took home the American Academy Award for best Documentary, but the actual narrative gets fuzzier as it progresses and fails to really say that much by the end of the movie.

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Buck Says

The scariest part about China is that they apparently have a whole entertainment industry based on making song about how efficient your company is. 

“Safety doesn’t pay the bills” hell ya capitalism rules!

I used to work for an extremely large chinese owned oil company, and this did give me slight PTSD as they are obsessed with efficiency and unrealistic goals. 

It’s a film that does a good job with humanizing both cultures, but it’s too bad the most important message of whether you’re pro-union, or ultra efficient none of that is going to save you from automation is stuck in the last 30 seconds.

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆