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Hot off an Oscar win, the film American Factory is coming to the Woods Hole Public Library. The documentary will be shown on Wednesday, March 18 at 7 PM. This film, released in August 2019, is the first produced by Barack and Michelle Obama‘s production company, Higher Ground Productions

It documents the life in post-industrial Ohio, where a Chinese billionaire opened a new factory in an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans and attempting to merge two distinctly different cultures. Early days of hope and optimism gave way to setbacks as high-tech China clashed with working-class America. 

We hear much these days about globalization, and by the end of the film, we start to re-define the word. In short, this film provides a look at both sides of the issue.

The film had its festival premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It is distributed by Netflix. It runs for one hour and fifty minutes. It will be offered free and is open to the public.