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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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Detroit High School Parade [electronic resource]

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Shows a high school parade in Detroit in the early 20th century, produced by the Ford Motor Company.
Online
1917
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Detroit, Michigan [electronic resource]

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Scenes of Detroit, Michigan, produced by the Ford Motor Company.
Online
1921
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Ford News No. 4226 [electronic resource]

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Newsreels produced by the Ford Motor Company were weekly news updates on events throughout the world. They were shown in theaters around the United States.
Online
1934
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Ford Strike, Sabotage [electronic resource]

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Scenes of a Ford strike and sabotage, produced by the Ford Motor Company.
Online
1941
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Who Killed Vincent Chin?

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This Academy-Award nominated film is a powerful statement about racism in working-class America. It relates the stark facts of Vincent Chin's brutal murder. A 27-year-old Chinese-American, Chin was celebrating his last days of bachelorhood in a Detroit bar. An argument broke out between him and Ron Ebens, a Chrysler Motors foreman. Ebens shouted ethnic insults, the fight moved outside, and before onlookers, Ebens bludgeoned Chin to death with a baseball bat. In the ensuing trial, Ebens was let off with a suspended sentence and a small fine. Outrage filled the Asian-American community to the point where they organized an unprecedented civil rights protest. His bereaved mother, brought up to be self-effacing, successfully led a nationwide crusade for a retrial. This tragic story is int [...]
Online
1990
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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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Civics and Citizenship: Volume 3. Dynamic Detroit

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This video, produced by the Ford Motor Company, is about Detroit.
Online
1921
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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
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)
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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