Pam Sporn in person! Chicago premiere! Film Series : Black Harvest Film Festival 2018

Detroit 48202: Conversations Along A Postal Route

2018, Pam Sporn, USA, 99 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Aug 24th 3:45pm
  • Sun, Aug 26th 3:00pm

Detroit mailman Wendell Watkins serves as an amiable guide in this anecdotal odyssey through the rise, fall, and nascent resurgence of black working-class culture in his city. A postal worker of 26 years experience, Watkins daily traverses a sprawling zip code that encompasses blocks of the neatly kept homes of a dwindling black middle class, empty shells of abandoned businesses and factories, boarded-up apartment buildings, and weedy acres of newly vacant lots where houses once stood. Archival photographs and footage fill in the picture of the city's waves of black migration, segregation, the fight for auto industry jobs, and the growth of once-thriving black neighborhoods and institutions. In telling Detroit's story from a black perspective, director Sporn creates a provocative portrait of a city staggering under economic blows yet still resisting an equality of opportunity that might be its salvation. DCP digital. (BS) FF

Friday 8/24: Director Pam Sporn is scheduled to appear for audience discussion with Stacey Sutton, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Policy at UIC.

Sunday 8/26: Director Pam Sporn is scheduled to appear for audience discussion with Lisa Y. Lee, Executive Director, National Public Housing Museum.

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