“A People’s Story of Detroit” – Documenting the “people’s history”

Why tell “our” story – the story of tenants? Why center tenants in historical analyses of time and place? What can this contribute to our understanding, and to the process of reclamation and reparations? “A People’s Story of Detroit” helps us answer these questions. View below, and stay tuned for the “People’s Atlas of Detroit” – which uses counter-mapping and principles of radical cartography alongside oral histories, hand-drawn maps and photography to highlight the spatial visions of social justice of residents who have been excluded from ongoing debates over the city’s future – which is still in development.

Two years in the making, this hour-long documentary depicts the movement struggles and personal narratives of Detroiters as their city evolves from the once largest and most powerful black electorate in the country to bankruptcy and failed democracy. Within this inflicted turmoil, Detroiters speak with love, resilience and vision about the future they will create for their beloved community. Edited by Halima Cassells and Kate Levy, with a local-grown soundtrack featuring Ill, Sacramento Knoxx, Bryce, Will See and many others.

Featuring conversations with: (in order of appearance) Tawana ‘Honeycomb’ Petty, William Copeland, Invincible Ill Weaver, Malik Yakini, Lila Cabil, Bill Wylie-Kellerman, Carmen Mendoza-King, Curtis McGuire, Angie Reyes, Rhonda Anderson, Valerie Glenn, Joselyn Fitzpatrick-Harris, Vincent Martin, Sandra Hines, Jeannette Marble, Michael Wimberly, Wayne Curtis, Linda Campbell, Herbert Jones, Shane Bernardo, Michelle Martinez, Yusef Bunchy Shakur, Brother Jerry Smith, Charity Hicks, Tanisha Flowers, Kathleen Foster, Lottie Spady, Norman Bent, Patrick Crouch, Lee Gaddis, Sarah Coffey, Linda Bains, Rev. Joan Ross, Shea Howell, Dessa Cosma, Aaron Timlin, Elena Herrada, Miguel Pope, Marcia Lee, Soh Suzuki, Tova Perlmutter, Sarah Sidelko, Diana Copeland, and Alia Harvey-Quinn.

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Source: “A People’s Story of Detroit” – documentary made with the support of the Antipode Foundation – Antipode Online