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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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A fresh take on boy-meets-girl comedy set in Detroit. Sami (E.J. Assi) runs his immigrant family's gas station with his cousin Mike (Mike Batayeh, "Breaking Bad"), a charismatic hustler with dreams of expanding into an unleaded empire. More than just a pit stop for late-night gas and rolling papers, their station is where a steady stream of unforgettable and often hilarious customers flow through. When a gorgeous "up-do girl" named Najlah (Nada Shouhayib) comes to deliver cheap long-distance phone cards, Sami quickly falls for her from behind the bulletproof glass. Afraid her overprotective brother Fadi (Steven Soro) will disapprove, Najlah begins an under-the-counter romance with Sami, making his shift anything but routine. ​​Made and cast in Detroit, the film stars first-time featu [...]
Online
2012
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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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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
Clemons (Stacks)
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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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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
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Mahogany

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The dramatic love story about an ambitious young secretary who becomes a high fashion model and world famous designer.
VHS
1991; 1975
Ivy (By Request)
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Blue Collar

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Assembly line workers rob their union local's safe and stumble onto a scandal.
DVD
2000; 1978
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Rouge [electronic resource]: The Factory and the Workers

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When it was built in 1918, the Ford motor plant in Detroit was the largest industrial complex in the world. The plant was the embodiment of Henry Ford's vision to build cars that every American working man could afford to buy. Using old footage, The Rouge captures the flavor of the early part of the century when thousands of workers flocked to Detroit in search of a better life. They came from Europe, from Mexico, and the southern United States to work on the assembly line. The Rouge became an important part of labor history from the time it was built until the time it was organized by the United Auto Workers in 1941. When the Depression hit the country, the Rouge workers were laid off and suffered in great numbers. At the height of the depression, five workers were killed outside of [...]
Online
1998
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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
Clemons (Stacks)
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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
Clemons (Stacks)
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In the Land of Women

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Devastated over his breakup with his girlfriend, Carter Webb leaves Los Angeles to stay with his ailing Grandmother in her suburban Detroit home. Across the street lives the Hardwicke family. As Carter struggles to reconcile his own inner conflicts, he is drawn into the pains and loves of the Hardwicke women. All the Hardwicke women, in their way, fall in love with Carter. Each woman, in her own way, helps Carter find his way back.
DVD
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
13.

Beverly Hills Cop III

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Detroit cop Axel Foley returns and is in pursuit of the bad guys at LA's popular theme park, WonderWorld.
DVD
2001; 1994
Clemons (Stacks)
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Beverly Hills Cop

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Axel Foley is a brash, street smart Detroit detective who follows the trail of a friend's murderer to the posh surroundings of Beverly Hills. And before Axel gets his man, he gets up to his neck in an international network of smugglers and drug peddlers.
DVD
2001
Clemons (Stacks)
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Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route / New Day Films ; A Grito Productions Film ; Director, Producer, Pam Sporn

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A veteran mailman provides an intimate glimpse of Detroiters' resistance to boom and bust capitalism and structural racism. 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 2014 municipal bankruptcy. Our characters share stories of hope and propose creative ways to re-imagine an inclusive, productive, equitable and re-invigorated city.
FilmOnline
2018