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.