Documentary Club | American Factory

Member-Led at Online

Sat, Apr 18 at 1:30 p.m.   |   90 minutes   |   BYOB!
Clubs: Member-led conversations around books, films, etc.

The next documentary is American Factory: "Six years after the closing of a General Motors plant in Moraine, Ohio, left a community in economic free-fall, hope arrived in the form of the Fuyao Glass Industry Group. The Chinese manufacturing company wanted to employ local workers besides their own homegrown staff and get a toehold in the American market."

In the Scenius Documentary Club we’ll watch and discuss some of the most celebrated documentaries of 2019. No list could do the year justice, but we'll start the list from Rolling Stone. It features wide ranging stories from motherhood in war torn Aleppo (For Sama) to a life affirming love letter to New York City (Carmine Street Guitars), a city currently engaged in its own kind of war. 

The next documentary is American Factory: "Six years after the closing of a General Motors plant in Moraine, Ohio, left a community in economic free-fall, hope arrived in the form of the Fuyao Glass Industry Group. The Chinese manufacturing company wanted to employ local workers besides their own homegrown staff and get a toehold in the American market. To say that there were some cultural differences between the Midwesterners and the managers who came over from the mainland, however, would be putting it mildly. Very mildly. Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert’s deep-dive starts as a look of a mutually beneficial mix of helping hands and open palms, both calloused from labor. It ends as a testament to the immutable characters of two national identities, the common ground of global-corporate meat grinders and the notion that some gaps simply can’t be bridged."

You should plan to watch the documentary before the Zoom meeting. You can watch American Factory on Netflix

Teacher: Member-Led

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Venue: Online

Zoom link will be sent upon signup.

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