F.T.A.
1972, 96 min, USA, Dir: Francine Parker

Produced by Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland, F.T.A. is a witty and moving film that chronicles opposition to the Vietnam War. Fonda and Sutherland, along with Holly Near, Michael Alaimo, Rita Martinson and Len Chandler, entertained American troops with a satirical revue called (in the polite version) “Free the Army.” The original theatrical release was curtailed under somewhat mysterious circumstances so the film was never widely seen and reemerges now as an essential piece of cinema and social history.


The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
2009, HBO, 40 min, USA, Dir: Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar

In 2008 the General Motors assembly plant in Moraine, Ohio, shut its doors two days before Christmas. As a result, 2,500 workers and 200 management staff were left without jobs, with the closure triggering the loss of numerous related jobs and businesses. Directors Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar view the final months of the plant through the workers' eyes as they consider their next steps. While the film focuses on Moraine, the plant's closing reflects profound changes in the American manufacturing landscape that may bring the nation's blue-collar middle class to an end.


AMERICAN FACTORY
2019, Netflix, 115 min, USA, Dir: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert

Eight years after a Dayton, Ohio, auto plant shut down, it was revived by its new owner - Chinese billionaire Cao Dewang. Though hopes are high among local workers as the new Fuyao auto-glass factory opens, a culture clash threatens to shatter an American dream. This Oscar-nominated documentary is the first film from Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions. “The feature-length story [Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert] tell here is complex, stirring, timely and beautifully shaped, spanning continents as it surveys the past, present and possible future of American labor.” - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.


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