Julia Reichert, General Motors, Cao Dewang, American Factory, Chinese Laborers

Julia Reichert, General Motors

Obamas' first film charts life in US factory under China bosses

Obamas' first film charts life in US factory under China bosses


Obamas' first film charts life in US factory under China bosses

Los Angeles (AFP) - "They refer to us as the foreigners," says a downbeat employee at the Ohio car glass factory where hundreds of Chinese laborers have come to work, far from their wives, children and homeland. The film charts a Midwestern rust belt community's journey from optimism at

The film charts a Midwestern rust belt community's journey from optimism at the giant plant's reopening -- bringing back vital jobs -- toward creeping anger and disillusionment as the Chinese management imposes its strict, exhausting demands on workers and sacks those who don't comply.

"Mrs Obama said it resonated with her because her father had done an intense, hardworking job for decades just to provide for his family, and she felt the Midwesterness of the film in what she saw on screen," Bognar told AFP.The battle for economic supremacy between the US and a rising China is perhaps the defining geopolitical story of the 21st century.

"He'd seen our earlier film and liked it, and so he took a chance on us," he added, referring to 2009's"The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant."Despite promises, wages remain frozen far below those of the GM era, while workers' attempts to unionize and confront slipping safety standards are aggressively shut down from above.

"You're getting a slice of what globalization really looks like on a human level," said Reichert, adding:"I think the film leaves you with a sense of unease.""We saw that coming, being in Ohio -- the enthusiasm, the yard signs," said Reichert."Hillary Clinton was not well liked."

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