Meet New York filmmaker Pam Sporn as she discusses her film “Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route”, that will be featured at the 2018 Black Harvest Film Festival. Sporn will give a preview of excerpts from the film and share her film making process with participants.
In Detroit 48202, 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
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