13 Jan ‘Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route’

"Detroit 48202" examines the rise, demise and contested resurgence of Detroit through the lens of mail carrier Wendell Watkins and the residents he has faithfully served for 30 years. The resilient Detroiters on Wendell’s route share stories of pushing against racial segregation in housing, challenging industrial and political disinvestment and living on reduced pensions as a result of Detroit’s bankruptcy. They also share stories of hope and propose creative ways to re-imagine an inclusive, equitable and productive city. Foregrounding the voices of African-American working class Detroiters, it offers a nuanced and complex understanding of a city at the crossroads. World premiere. Unrated; some frank conversations.

After the films: On Saturday, Lauren Hood, a Detroit-based community development consultant, talks to director Pam Sporn; Wendell Watkins, who is featured in the film; and Ken Coleman, author and historian. On Sunday, Free Press business columnist John Gallagher talks to Sporn and Watkins.

7:30 p.m. Sat., April 14, Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture at the DIA
11:30 a.m. Sun., April 15, Detroit Historical Museum

YEAR 2018
RUN TIME 99 minutes
Directed by Pam Sporn
Producers Pam Sporn, Ann Bennett
Cinematographers Pam Sporn, Tami Gold
Editors Kathryn Barnier, Lewis Erskine (Consulting)
Composer Tom Phillips
Additional music by A. Spencer Barefield; Gregory Porter; and Hasting Street Blues Band