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Directed by Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar

United States 2019 115 mins. In English

In this unique two-part event, Julia Reichert will present a new artist talk entitled “My Life in Film,” a live presentation in which Reichert recounts her unlikely origin story as a filmmaker, and walks through her 50 year career with clips from her award winning films. The talk, starting at 5pm, will be followed by a reception adjacent to the cinema space starting at approximately 6:30pm.

Then at 7:30pm, American Factory:

Rust Belt, Ohio. In the husk of a huge, abandoned General Motors plant, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory, hiring 2000 blue-collar Americans and hundreds of native Chinese. Early days of hope and optimism are truly tested by the enormity of the project and by the cultural differences between high-tech China and postindustrial Midwest America. The filmmakers take us deep inside the story, and the plant itself, examining this collision of cultures and the future of both American labor and Chinese economic dominance.

Post-film Q&A with Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, moderated by Irene Taylor-Brodsky.

Your ticket purchase includes admission to all of the evening’s events, starting at 5pm.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.