DETROIT 48202: CONVERSATIONS ALONG A POSTAL ROUTE

Q&A with director Pamela Sporn, moderated by Dr. Clarence Lusane (Chair of the Political Science Dept, Howard U.)

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

No AFI Member passes accepted.

86 Minutes
Documentary
Friday, June 29, 2018
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