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21.

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
22.

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)
23.

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
Clemons (Stacks)
24.

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)
25.

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
26.

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)
27.

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)
28.

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)
29.

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)
30.

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
Clemons (Stacks)
31.

What's Good for General Motors--

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Deals with the destruction of Detroit's Poletown neighborhood in order to make way for the construction of GM's Cadillac assembly plant. Examines the issue of the individual rights of property owners versus the need for jobs and revitalization for Detroit.
VHS
1981
Ivy (By Request)
32.

The Detroit Riots, 1967 [electronic resource]

Beginning with images of U.S. Army troops assembling and heading out on patrol, this silent, unedited film footage illustrates the 1967 Detroit race riots.
Online
2010
33.

DEFORCE [electronic resource]: The Past, Present, and Future of Detroit

Once viewed as a model for urban America, Detroit has experienced what many believe to be the worst downturn in living standards and population of any large American city. Exactly how and why such a dramatic change occurred is still being debated, but the answers will undoubtedly shed light on challenges facing the U.S. as a whole. This documentary searches for the causes behind Motor City's disturbing decline. Questioning a widely held explanation that focuses on the collapse of the automobile industry, the film argues that Detroit's woes are largely political in nature. Viewers learn about vast socioeconomic differences between the city and neighboring communities and how issues connected to these disparities were mismanaged by federal, state, and local officials for decades. In to [...]
Online
2010
34.

Requiem for Detroit? [electronic resource]

More than a requiem, this documentary touches on issues relevant to all students of American history and society by using Detroit as a window into many sociocultural aspects of American life. Major topics include industrialization, the birth of suburbs and consumerism, black migration and white flight, race relations, unionization, economic decline, and community renewal - all set to a sound track by famous Detroit musicians. Director Julien Temple effectively weds scenes of poverty and urban collapse to cheerful archival footage, infusing the film with an energy that is wry, hip, and gritty. The program ends on a hopeful note as images of decaying architectural gems and feral homes give way to citizen activists converting weedy lots into community gardens. With commentary by Grace L [...]
Online
2010
35.

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
36.

Detroit, Michigan [electronic resource]

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Scenes of Detroit, Michigan, produced by the Ford Motor Company.
Online
1921
38.

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