One of the very first Scholar-Activist Project Awards made by the Antipode Foundation was to Andrew Newman (Wayne State University), Sara Safransky (Vanderbilt University) and Linda Campbell (Building Movement Project). Over the last few years, their project, “Uniting Detroiters: Coming Together From the Ground Up”, has brought residents, activists and scholars together to examine critical problems facing Detroit and develop tools for collective analysis, reflection and co-research.
While the planned “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–is still in development (watch this space), the documentary “A People’s Story of Detroit” has just been released by Building Movement Detroit and the Detroit People’s Platform…
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.