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Friday, April 26 • 3:45pm - 5:25pm
FR3.45.05 Film Screening: Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route

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Director: Pam Sporn, Grito Productions
Producer: Pam Sporn, Grito Productions
Production Company: Grito Productions
Presenter: Pam Sporn, Grito Productions
Description of Film: A veteran mailman provides an intimate glimpse of Detroiters’ resistance to boom and bust capitalism and structural racism.

Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route examines the rise, demise, and contested resurgence of the City of Detroit through the lens of African-American mail carrier, Wendell Watkins, and the committed community he faithfully served for thirty years.

In Detroit 48202 we take a journey with Wendell along his route and 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 2014 municipal bankruptcy. Our characters also share stories of hope and propose creative ways to re-i magine 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. Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route is urgent. It asks: will the resurgence of Detroit center on a high tech, and increasingly white downtown or, will it focus on the vast stretches of neglected neighborhoods that continue to deal with a 40% poverty rate, water shutoffs, tax foreclosures, poor transportation, and a school system in crisis?
Runtime: 82


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Pam Sporn, Grito Productions

Grito Productions, Grito Productions
Documentary filmmaker, educator, activist.

Friday April 26, 2019 3:45pm - 5:25pm PDT
Illumination (2nd Floor)