What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘American Factory’ and ‘School Girls’

AMERICAN FACTORY Stream on Netflix. The first release from Barack and Michelle Obama’s new production company, Higher Ground Productions, looks at what happens when an automotive glass factory owned by a Chinese billionaire opens in what was once a General Motors plant near Dayton, Ohio. Directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, the documentary focuses on American and Chinese workers at the plant, laying out the challenges and frustrations they face as their initial optimism is challenged. “With detail and sweep, interviews and you-are-there visuals, the filmmakers quickly establish a clear, strong narrative line as the new enterprise — Fuyao Glass America — gets off the ground,” Manohla Dargis wrote in her review for The New York Times. “The optimism of the workers is palpable; the access the filmmakers secured remarkable. Bognar and Reichert spent a number of years making ‘American Factory,’ a commitment that’s evident in its layered storytelling and the trust they earned.”

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