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. “Street Fighting Men,” which celebrates dogged persistence in the face of overwhelming adversity, 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. Shot over three years in the neighborhoods of Detroit, “Street Fighting Men” is a modern American narrative: a story of hard work, faith and manhood in a community left to fend for itself. Michigan premiere. Unrated; adult situations.
After the film: On Saturday, Free Press Editor Peter Bhatia talks to director Andrew James, James “Jack Rabbit” Jackson, a community activist and retired Detroit police officer featured in the film, Kirk Mayes, executive director of Forgotten Harvest and former executive director of the Brightmoor Alliance. On Sunday, Orlando Bailey, host of Urban Consulate Detroit and director of community partnerships at the Eastside Community Network, talks to director Andrew James.
4:15 p.m. Sat., April 14, Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA
2 p.m. Sun., April 15, Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture at the DIA