LOS GATOS, Calif. - The Obamas' first project for Netflix, "American Factory," is as interesting for what it isn't as what it is.
"American Factory," however, isn't a "feel-good" movie; rather, it's a nuanced, thought-provoking documentary, looking at the cultural differences between Chinese management and American workers at a Dayton, Ohio manufacturing plant, reflecting President Obama's reputation for wonkiness more than anything else.
"American Factory" doesn't necessarily make the cultural gap appear insurmountable.
But as inaugural events go, "American Factory" is an impressive ground-breaking exercise, heightening interest -- perhaps especially beyond the documentary genre -- in what's to come.
"American Factory" premieres Aug. 21 on Netflix and in select theaters.