FINA 4329 Film Review

FINA 4329 Film Review

FINA 4329 Guidelines for the Film Review Professor Anna Cororaton Goal: To critically examine and discuss some of the most important issues that arise from the globalization of firms Film: American Factory (2019) – available on Netflix Due date: Friday, November 20, 2020 Where to submit: Canvas Format: 1. Word document 2. 12pt Times New Roman font 3. Single-spaced with 1-inch margins 4. Strict maximum of one page Instructions: 1. Answer the main question and at least two of the sub-questions below. 2. Integrate your answers into one single essay with a central theme, rather than answering one question at a time. Main question: From your perspective, what is an important but overlooked issue surrounding the dramatic growth of multinational companies? You can use the film as a starting point, but you can also develop your own thesis. What, if any, are opposing viewpoints about this issue? Sub-questions: 1. Describe the setting of the film, and in particular any broad historical changes within the US manufacturing industry prior to Fuyao’s arrival. Was this setting conducive to new foreign direct investment from China? 2. Who are the relevant parties involved (person, group of persons, or entities)? Explain how their economic and personal incentives may or may not have led to problems in firm operations. 3. Which actions (or inactions) taken by any of the relevant parties in the film struck you the most? Do you agree or disagree with these actions and why? 4. Cite at least 3 anecdotes that reflect a broad economic, structural, or institutional phenomenon that you find interesting. Why do you find this interesting? 5. Cite at least 3 anecdotes that reflect a broad cultural difference between American and Chinese workers and firms. Can these differences be reconciled? Why or why not? 6. Cite a memorable quote from the film. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? 7. Did the film take up a particular viewpoint that you strongly agree or disagree with? What and why? 8. Is there an issue surrounding the globalization of firms that you think was ignored by the film? What and why? Grading: 1. There is no right or wrong answer. 2. Grading metric: a. 6/6: essay was thoughtful, nuanced, reflective b. 4-5/6: answered main and supporting questions, but not integrated or lacks coherence c. 3/6: summary only, little analysis, did not integrate questions into one essay d. 50% discount for late submission 3. I will use plagiarism detection software.