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3.

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

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Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel.
DVD
2017
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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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)
7.

Ice Bridge; Mackinac Island's Hidden Season: Mackinac Island's Hidden Season

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The 72-minute film Ice Bridge follows islanders' unique and quirky lifestyle throughout an entire year while tracing the formation of the spectacular phenomenon known as the "ice bridge" (a three-mile span of ice that allows islanders to cross to the mainland).
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
8.

Burn

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DVD
2012
Clemons (Stacks)
9.

The Road to Wellville

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Comedy about a young couple hoping to improve both their health and their marriage. To do so, they visit the spa/hospital founded and run by the inventor of corn flakes, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. He may know his breakfast food, but some of his ideas about physical fitness are a little strange.
DVD
2002; 1994
Clemons (Stacks)
10.

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)
11.

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
Clemons (Stacks)
12.

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
Clemons (Stacks)
13.

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)
14.

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)
15.

Mad City Chickens

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A documentary about people who keep backyard chickens, filmed in Webster City, IA, Topeka, KS, Mount Pleasant, MI, Austin, TX, Escondido, CA and Madison, WI. Urban chicken owners share their experiences raising chickens and getting chicken friendly regulations passed. Also includes a series of quirky chicken stories from around the world.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
16.

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)
17.

Roger & Me

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Chronicles "the efforts of the world's largest corporation, General Motors, as it turns its hometown of Flint, Michigan, into a ghost town. In his quest to discover why GM would want to do such a thing, filmmaker Michael Moore, a Flint native, attempts to meet the chairman, Roger Smith, and invite him out for a few beers up in Flint to 'talk things over'. In between his efforts to see Smith, Moore, the son of a Flint autoworker, takes us on a bizarre journey through Flint accompanied along the way by Ronald Reagan, Miss America, Pat Boone, Bob 'Newlywed Game' Eubanks, and TV evangelist Robert Schuller -- all of whom show up to save Flint from destruction"--Producer's website.
DVD
2003; 1989
Clemons (Stacks)
18.

Gran Torino

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Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Walt is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man, who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor, Thao, a young Hmong teenager, becomes pressured by his gang member cousin to steal Walt's Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Walt is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood.
DVD
2009; 2008
Clemons (Stacks)
19.

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
20.

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