About the film

These two classic documentaries are paired in a program that explores the community impacts when an auto plant arrives – and when it leaves. The award-wining 1983 film “Poletown Lives!” looks at the controversial bulldozing of the Detroit neighborhood to make room for a General Motors plant – the same facility that GM in announced in late 2018 it was preparing to shutter. In “The Last Truck,” stunned workers at GM’s Moraine, Ohio, plant look back at their careers after the company’s 2008 announcement that it would close the factory that was the lifeblood of the small community. The 2009 documentary stands as an elegy to a dying American manufacturing system, a sobering account of the industrial Midwest’s economic decline and a timely look at the U.S. auto industry in crisis. 


5 p.m. Fri., April 12
DeRoy Auditorium,
Wayne State University

Film credits

‘The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant’

Year: 2009 
Run time: 42 minutes 
Directors: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert 
Writers: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert 
Producers: Steven Bognar, Melissa Godoy, Lisa Heller, Sheila Nevins, Julia Reichert 

‘Poletown Lives!’

Run time: 52 minutes 
Year: 1983 
Filmmakers: George Corsetti, Jeannie Wylie and Richard Weiske