‘American Factory’ Director Talks About the Challenge of Building Trust With the Workers

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‘American Factory’ Director Talks About the Challenge of Building Trust With the Workers
In “American Factory,” documentarians Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert explore what happened when a Chinese manufacturing company moved into a shuttered General Motors plant near Dayton, Ohio. The film, crafted from over 1,200 hours of footage shot over three years, demonstrated an extraordinary level of access to American and Chinese workers, executives, and the factory itself — and Reichert said that creating relationships was key to getting such an unfiltered look.

“American Factory” picks up where Bognar and Reichert’s Oscar-nominated short, “The Last Truck: Closing of a Gm Plant,” leaves off. The former Gm plant in question is the one in Moraine, Ohio, just outside Dayton, which produced cars and provided solid jobs for thousands for nearly 30 years until it was shuttered in 2008.

The Chinese glass company Fuyao reopened the plant in 2016, employing many of those who were left jobless after Gm left town.

Reichert spoke via Skype from her Ohio
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