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American Factory – An Online Panel Discussion

Wednesday, May 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm



The Film American Factory will NOT be shown at this Panel Discussion

This is an online discussion that will center on the Netflix film. You can watch the film ahead of time for free on Netflix:

Click HERE to Watch American Factory on Netflix

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American Factory is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar , about Chinese company Fuyao’s factory in Moraine, a city near Dayton, Ohio, that occupies Moraine Assembly, a shuttered General Motors plant. The film had its festival premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Filmed from February 2015 until the end of 2017, Reichert and Bognar were granted filming access by Fuyao at both their Ohio and Chinese plant locations. They were inspired to make this film as the events they aimed to depict were taking place in the same Moraine Assembly plant once occupied by General Motors, which was the central topic of their 2009 Oscar-nominated documentary short The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant.

Produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s new production company Higher Ground, in conjunction with Participant Media and distributed by Netflix, American Factory was directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, veteran documentarians with a five-decade list of social-issue film credits that include Union Maids, Seeing Red, Methadone: An American Way of Dealing, Growing Up Female and Raises Not Roses: The Story of the 9to5 Movement.

“Having the directors speak to us in real time is what makes this program so special,” says John Haer, Battle of Homestead Foundation president. “They saw the process unfold over several years and were able to interpret that in tandem with events happening in the world outside the factory.”

For the May 27 panel discussion, Bognar and Reichert will be joined by Braddock filmmaker Tony Buba, whose oft-awarded body of work has chronicled Western Pennsylvania working-class life, and Dr. Louis A. Picard, director of the Public Administration Program at the University of Pittsburgh and an expert in international economic and social development.

“America’s factory and warehouse networks are in crisis, and so much of the problem lies in the how we address the basic rights not just of workers but of consumers at the other end of the supply chain,” says Rosemary Trump, Battle of Homestead Foundation board member and former Pennsylvania AFL-CIO vice president. “American Factory has a lot to tell us about the stark future that millions of Americans may encounter in their workplace and their daily lives.”


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Wednesday, May 27
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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