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American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

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"What does it mean to be an American revolutionary today? Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Chinese American writer, activist, and philosopher in Detroit. Rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America's past and its potentially radical future. [This documentary presents] Boggs's lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century; from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond"--Container.
DVD
2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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Detroit Unleaded

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"Sami runs his immigrant family's gas station with his cousin Mike, a charismatic hustler with dreams of expanding into an unleaded empire. More than just a pit stop for late-night gas an drolling papers, their station is where a steady stream of unforgettable and often hilarious cumstomers flow through. When a gorgeous "up-do girl" Najlah comes to deliver cheap long-distance phone cards, Sami quickly falls for her from behind the bulletproof glass. Afraid her overprotective brother Fadi will disapprove, Najlah begins an under-the-counter romance with Sami, making his shift anyting but routine."--Container.
DVD
2014
Clemons (Stacks)
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Beverly Hills Cop II

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This sequel presents further adventures of Axel Foley, a brash, street smart Detroit detective, as he comes up against a gang of munitions smugglers in Southern California.
DVD
2001; 1987
Clemons (Stacks)
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Burn

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DVD
2012
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Detropia

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"Detroit's story has encapsulated the iconic narrative of America over the last century: the Great Migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now, the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos. With its vivid, painterly palette and haunting score, sculpts a dreamlike collage of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution." -- container.
DVD
2013; 2011
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Zebrahead

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A young white man begins dating the cousin of his best friend, both of whom are black, igniting long simmering racial tensions at their high school.
DVD
2002; 1992
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The Myth of the American Sleepover

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Four young people navigate the suburban wonderland of metro-Detroit looking for love and adventure on the last weekend of summer.
DVD
2011; 2010
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8.

Joy Road

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"Tony Smalls (Wood Harris) is a burned-out lawyer looking for a new direction in life. He's forced to put his plans on hold when his sister Nia asks him to defend her financé, a gang kingpin who is under arrest for a triple murder that he says he didn't commit. Tony feels the pressure of the case when the feds and a shadowy corporation get involved, along with a private investigator who seems to be working all sides. When Nia starts an investigation of her own into the murder, it not only brings her closer to the truth--it puts both herself and Tony in harm's way"--Container cover.
DVD
2011
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Bilal's Stand

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Bilal, a high school senior works at his family's taxi stand. For the last sixty years, 'The Stand' as they call it, has been the source of the family's social and financial hub and it seems like Bilal is destined to carry the torch. He secretly submits a college application and takes up ice carving in order to win a scholarship. Now he is forced to decide whether he will continue working at The Stand which is the only life he's ever known, or take a chance on social mobility.
DVD
2011
Clemons (Stacks)
10.

Who Killed Vincent Chin?

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Documentary on racism in working-class America focuses on the murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese-American, in a Detroit bar. Interweaves the murder with social concerns and questions about justice.
DVD
2004; 1988
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Vincent Who?

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Looks at the legacy of the case of Vincent Chin, a young Chinese American man who was attacked and killed at his bachelor's party at a suburban Detroit bar by current and former autoworkers who were unhappy with competition from Japanese auto manufacturers. The case attracted wide attention after Chin's attackers struck a plea bargain and were sentenced to three thousand dollars in fines and three years in prison, time that they never were required to serve after posting bail. Indignation by the Asian American community and others led to further charges being filed against the perpetrators. The film explores how the murder of Vincent Chin continues to have meaning to society today, as well as how the hate crime remains unknown or forgotten in many Americans' minds.
DVD
2010
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12.

Flash of Genius

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Based on the true story of Robert Kearns. The Kearns' were a typical 1960s Detroit family. Bob is a college professor and part-time inventor. When Bob invents a device that would eventually be used by every car in the world, the Kearns' think they have struck gold. But their aspirations are dashed after the auto giants, who originally embraced Bob's creation, unceremoniously shuns him. Ignored, threatened and then buried in years of litigation, Bob is haunted by what was done to his family and their future. He becomes a man obsessed with justice and the conviction that his life's work, or anyone else's for that matter, should be acknowledged by those who stood to benefit. He and his family pay the toll for refusing to compromise his dignity.
DVD
2009
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Who Killed Vincent Chin?

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Documentary on racism in working-class America focusing on the murder of Vincent Chin, a 27-year-old Chinese-American, in a Detroit bar. Film interweaves the murder with social concerns and questions about justice.
VHS
1988
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Diego Rivera: I Paint What I See

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Explores the life and work of Diego Rivera, famed Mexican artist, including such varied and significant elements in his life as his stormy 25-year relationship with painter Frida Kahlo and the destruction of his notorious mural in Rockefeller Center; features location filming of his enormous colorful murals.
DVD
2003; 1989
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15.

Finally Got the News--

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A documentary presenting the workers' view of working conditions inside Detroit's auto factories. It focuses on the activities of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers in their efforts to build an independent African American labor organization which, unlike the United Auto Workers, would respond to the racism and dangerous working conditions faced by African American workers in the industry. It also explores the educational "tracking" the role of African American women in the labor force, and racial relations between workers.
DVD
2003
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16.

Blue Collar

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Assembly line workers rob their union local's safe and stumble onto a scandal.
DVD
2000; 1978
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17.

8 Mile

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Jimmy, known to his friends as Rabbit, is a young man trying to make his way out of the burned-out shell of inner-city Detroit. Rabbit is a white kid trying to make music in a predominantly African-American community and culture. After Rabbit freezes up in the midst of an MC battle, he's convinced he's missed his chance and that he's doomed to lead a marginal life as a factory rat for the rest of his days. With the help of his friends, and his new girlfriend Alex, Rabbit struggles to work up the courage and the confidence to take one more shot at making his dream a reality.
DVD
2003; 2002
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18.

Polish Wedding

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This is the story of a Polish-American family from Detroit which is run with an iron fist by a gorgeous, middle-aged matriarch, Jadzia, a proud woman who cleans toilets in order to support her family.
DVD
1998
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Hung: The Complete First Season

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High school basketball coach Ray Drecker lives in a Detroit devastated by the decline of the auto industry. After an electrical fire destroys his home, he loses custody of his kids to ex-wife Jessica; joins forces with poet-turned-pimp Tanya, with whom he once had a fling; and becomes a male escort.
DVD
2010; 2009
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20.

Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100

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"Born July 23, 1899, in Springfield Illinois, Ruth Ellis was thought to be the oldest "out" African American lesbian known. The film offers a rare opportunity to experience a century of our American history as lived by one inspiring woman. By example, Ruth Ellis shows us what is possible and what can be realized, if one not only lives long and ages well but also lives with pride"--Container.
DVD
2012; 1999
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