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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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Burn

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DVD
2012
Clemons (Stacks)
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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
Clemons (Stacks)
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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
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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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
Clemons (Stacks)
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1967 Detroit Riot: A Community Speaks

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"This documentary chronicles the sociological, physical devastation, and the rebuilding of a community surrounding the 1967 Detroit Riot" -- container.
VHS
2003
Ivy (By Request)
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Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100

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Documentary with narrative recreations about the life and times of Ruth Ellis, the oldest "out" African American lesbian.
VHS
1999
Ivy (By Request)
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The Rouge

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When it was built in 1918, the Ford motor plant in Detroit was the largest industrial complex in the world. Using archival 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, Mexico, and the southern United States to work on the assembly line. This documentary gives a first-hand account of how they spent their lives in the factory.
VHS
1990; 1999
Ivy (By Request)
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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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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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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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Bloodlines & Bridges: The African Connection

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Shows several examples of how Black Americans in Detroit learn about and celebrate their African heritage. Personal commitment to African values is the focus of the program.
VHS
1986
Ivy (By Request)
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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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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.
VHS
1990; 1996
Ivy (By Request)
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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