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Street Fighting Men

Director - Andrew James
Run Time - 101 minutes
Language - English
Format - Digital
Year - 2019
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interests- African American Studies, American Studies, Cinema Studies, Civil Rights, Cultural Studies, Economics, New Releases, Political Science, Urban Studies

Institutional DVD Price: $295

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In a rapidly changing America where mass inequality and dwindling opportunity have devastated the black working class, three Detroit men must fight to build something lasting for themselves and future generations. Shot over three years in the neighborhoods of Detroit, Street Fighting Men is a story of hard work, faith and manhood in a community left to fend for itself. The film takes a deep, observational dive into the lives of three African American men: retired cop Jack Rabbit, who continues to patrol the mean streets as a citizen; Deris, who has made bad choices in the past but wants to further his education and serve as a role model for his baby daughter; and Luke, who labors mightily as he rehabs a dilapidated house while putting together a meager living.

Inspired by the approach of early vérité pioneers, director Andrew James spent over three years filming in Detroit capturing the stories as they unfolded. With an emphasis on shot, mood, tone and character, the film is designed to be rich and experiential. Borrowing from the visual language and philosophy of neorealism, and featuring a beautiful score by Detroit-based musician, Shigeto, Street Fighting Men is an emotionally powerful journey into forgotten neighborhoods; a cinematic, character-driven documentary that speaks to the challenges of our times.

"A portrait of black resilience and perseverance - without sentimentality - that still offers a way out of the dark." - April Wolfe, Film Critic & Writer

"An incisive, intimate and enlightening cinematic gaze on Detroit. Triumphs as an authentic story of resilience." - Les Roka, The Utah Review