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While American Factory tells the story of one community’s experience, people everywhere are facing major challenges with work as we know it.

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Amir Karimi

It's a nice #documentary, one of those experiences you can't just read and imagine. You need to watch, listen and feel. #AmericanFactory

September 03, 2019

Andrew Breiter-Wu 🌎☀️💰

The new #AmericanFactory movie on @Netflix was very fascinating. It truly allowed hard-working people to speak for themselves and set their own narratives rather than having an agenda behind the movie. They captured the good parts and challenges of Fuyao and their workers

August 25, 2019

Wei-Ting Yen

The new @netflix documentary #AmericanFactory is fascinating and definitely teaching material for courses related to globalization, political economy, Asian politics, etc. Highly recommend!

September 03, 2019

Victor Duru's Chippings and Enterprise

A work which create an enabling environment for occupational safety and put its employees first #AmericanFactory

August 30, 2019

Michael Moore

Just released today on Netflix—the Grand Prize winner (D. A. Pennebaker Award) at my film fest: “American Factory.” By Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar. A seering documentary of what happens when a GM factory closes in Ohio and a Chinese company buys it.

August 22, 2019

Kartemquin Films

READ: 2019 KTQ #EmpoweringTruth Awardee Julia Reichert discusses AMERICAN FACTORY (@afactoryfilm) with @MoveableFest. Reichert will be in-person Oct 29 to accept the award at the 2019 #Kartemquin Empowering Truth Benefit Luncheon:

August 30, 2019

Fast Company

Exclusive: The Obamas’ Netflix doc ‘American Factory’ to launch nationwide social-impact tour

August 29, 2019

Kim Coupounas

Work should work 4 everyone. While #AmericanFactory tells the story of 1 community’s experience, people everywhere r facing challenges w/work as we know it. Change starts with a conversation: thrilled 2 B hosting one @ #2019ChampionsRetreat #BCorp

August 30, 2019

Anne #MaskUp Stauffer

Watching the documentary American Factory on @netflix is a fitting way to honor #LaborDay. Very interesting on so many levels! #AmericanFactory

September 01, 2019

Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸

#AmericanFactory the first Obama-produced doc on @netflix presents what the modern economy increasingly means for people the last few minutes in particular really hammer the message home. We need to evolve. @afactoryfilm 👍🇺🇸

August 28, 2019

David Michaels

Fuyao's ethics are certainly questionable. In the middle of an OSHA inspection, our inspector just disappeared. Fuyao had hired him! We had to threaten to go to the IG to get his notes. Needless to say, we found many safety hazards. #AmericanFactory

August 30, 2019

Ai-jen Poo

#AmericanFactory is a powerful look into the changing world of work told through one Midwest town, but the issues in the film are being faced by workers everywhere. Join the conversation to ensure a future of improved work for all at

August 30, 2019


Work should work for everyone. While #AmericanFactory tells the story of one community’s experience, people everywhere are facing challenges with work as we know it. Change starts with a conversation. Join in at

August 29, 2019

Caitlin S Goss

The future of work is a complex & critical conversation that we need to have, w/ everyone. @FastCompany article highlights @rhinofoodsinc benefits & @TalentRewire community building. Eager to watch the new #AmericanFactory @netflix doc

August 30, 2019

Laura Schmitt Olabisi

.@m_globally and I celebrated #LaborDay by watching the #AmericanFactory documentary. Thought provoking film dealing with global trade, environment, manufacturing economy, labor unions & cross-cultural work environments. Highly recommend.

September 02, 2019

Jeff Klumpp

@BarackObama @MichelleObama @JuliaReichert3 @Bogs4NY I just watched 'American Factory' end2end. Could hardly stop to take a pee. That is one of the single best things I have ever watched. Kudos! I & my family grew up in GR MI. Everyone ('cept me) grew up in the auto biz. Poignant

August 29, 2019

.@Participant is organizing "inclusive conversations about what dignified work looks like" to accompany screenings of the Netflix documentary #AmericanFactory. #FutureOfWork @afactoryfilm

September 01, 2019

Andrea Purse

If you have not watched it yet, highly recommend a Labor Day watching of #AmericanFactory --it just as soon could have been so many Pittsburgh families telling the story--important conversation we need to have on labor, the future of work, the safety and rights of our workers.

August 29, 2019


Up to 375 million people globally will need to find entirely new kinds of jobs by 2030 because of automation. #AmericanFactory

August 24, 2019

Clay Aiken

#AmericanFactory on @netflix should be required viewing for every progressive in this country... oh! AND every conservative ... and every moderate ... AND every agnostic... And well... EVERYONE. Just... just... beautiful beautiful. Wow! #HigherGround

August 22, 2019


Spend your day off this Labor Day witnessing the change in factory work at one location over the last decade with a double feature of 'The Last Truck' and 'American Factory'

September 02, 2019


‘American Factory’ on Netflix is so interesting. If you’re into documentaries, check it out.

August 30, 2019

Michael Linden

I haven't watched this yet, but it looks absolutely fascinating. This line from the trailer: "Nothing in American has changed in terms of working people working hard. What's changed in America is rich people deciding they wanted to rewrite the rules..."

August 29, 2019

Michelle Obama

Barack and I want to help more people see their own story in someone else’s. It’s why we started Higher Ground Productions, and it’s what we talked about with Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, who directed @afactoryfilm. Check out their documentary, now streaming on @Netflix.

August 21, 2019


"American Factory" is a great film about capitalism, human dignity and the struggle for workers' rights. It opens 8/21 in NY & LA (it will stream on Netflix). It's a New York Times Critic's Pick: @afactoryfilm @Participant @BarackObama @MichelleObama @UAW

August 20, 2019

Rich Madaleno

Happy Labor Day! Looking to watch something that will provide insights to the current state of American labor, check out this documentary about a Chinese owned factory in Ohio. #AmericanFactory is worth watching.

September 02, 2019

Recommended viewing on #LaborDay2019: @AFactoryFilm. The @netflix documentary studies the challenges and triumphs of working people and poses some vital questions about the future of work. #LaborDay #AmericanFactory

September 02, 2019

David Linde

Terrific example of how @Participant works: a beautiful film engages & entertains audiences while we forge a path for the film to organically expand awareness & appreciation of the subject. And provide a means to expand the experience into a personal one.

August 29, 2019

Kaiser Kuo

I highly recommend "American Factory" (《美国工厂》), the new Netflix documentary that the Obamas' company produced, to anyone who wants to better understand the challenges to American competitiveness in our globalized world, as well as China's strengths & weaknesses.

August 24, 2019


From veteran filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar comes the Tribeca doc AMERICAN FACTORY, one of 2019’s best films. Set in the postindustrial Midwest, this is an eye-opening look at the evolving state of American labor. Catch up with it on @Netflix:

September 02, 2019

Angela Zhou

Highly recommend #AmericanFactory if you have a moment this Labor Day Weekend! It highlights the sometimes funny cultural differences between China & US, but also shows the shared struggles of workers in our competitive, increasingly automated, global economy.

August 30, 2019

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