Labor Fare at the SF Film Fest

There figures to be something to satisfy pretty much every palate at the 62nd San Francisco International Film Festival which begins April 10 and runs through April 23 at locations around the Bay Area.

For those of you who like a little labor with your cinema – and we know you’re out there! – mark your calendars for two  films, each of which will have two screenings: the documentary “American Factory” and the drama “The Chambermaid.”

“American Factory,” which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, chronicles the transition that takes place when the Chinese company Fuyao, moves into a defunct GM plant in Dayton, Ohio, providing jobs and hope to a town that had been hit hard by the recession. Directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, the Oscar-nominated team behind “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant,” “American Factory” examines the mingling of Chinese and American workforces. The film was acquired by Netflix out of Sundance and is scheduled for release in late summer 2019.

“American Factory” will screen Sunday, April 14 at 4:30 pm at SFMoma and Tuesday, Apr. 16 at 8:30 pm at SFMOMA’s Phyllis Wattis Theater. Bognar and Reichert are scheduled to attend both screenings. Learn more here and use the promo code YJ6824M to purchase discounted tickets.

Offering a very different view of the economic divide is “The Chambermaid,” the debut feature of Lila Avilés. The 2018 film tracks 24 year old Evelia who cleans rooms at an upscale hotel in Mexico City while also taking adult education classes during her non- working hours. The film is set entirely in the hotel where Evelia becomes drawn into the lives of both hotel guests and her coworkers.

Writing about “The Chambermaid” for Eye for Film, Amber Wilkinson praised Aviles for creating “a quiet movie which never loses its focus on its central character study while allowing points about economic and social inequalities to sound loud and clear.”

“The Chambermaid” will screen Friday, April 19 at 6 pm at the Roxie Theater and Sunday, April 21 at 3:15 pm at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive. Learn more here and use the promo code YL4374Z to receive discounted tickets to either screening.

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