DETROIT 48202: CONVERSATIONS ALONG A POSTAL ROUTE
This documentary examines the rise, demise and contested resurgence of Detroit through the lens of African-American mail carrier Wendell Watkins, and the community of committed residents he faithfully served for 30 years. We take a journey with Watkins along his route, which winds through the center of what was once a vital and thriving city. We listen in on his conversations with his customers — the resilient Detroiters who share stories of resistance: pushing back against racial segregation in housing; challenging industrial and political disinvestment; and living on reduced pensions as a result of the municipal bankruptcy. The citizens also share stories of hope and propose creative ways to re-imagine an inclusive, productive, equitable and re-invigorated city. We also meet legendary labor organizer General Baker, historian Thomas Sugrue and urban planner June Manning Thomas, who provide a thread of analysis and historical context. DIR/SCR/PROD Pamela Sporn. U.S., 2018, color, 86 min. NOT RATED
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