Fifth about The Seventh

American Factory

American Factory: as it’s often the case with films about corporations, Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert’s documentary deals with many conflicts: white-collar versus blue-collar, quantity versus quality, productivity versus safety; however, as it introduces the cultural clash of the Chinese and American workers, it becomes more interesting. Alas, the film too quickly goes from there to the battle for unionization; that allows for some truly touching stories, but it’s too close to the beaten path to feel fresh. The film has remarkable, commendable access to all levels of workers, from beginning to end, which helps to paint a fuller picture (and get many great moments because of it); editor Lindsay Utz navigates through all that to construct a clear thread.

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