Hamtramck has always been a city of immigrants. Built by Polish Catholic newcomers during America’s industrial boom and later revived by Bangladeshi and Yemeni immigrants, the city now boasts a school system in which more than 20 languages are spoken, the nation’s first Muslim-majority city council and the catchphrase “The world in two square miles.” But Hamtramck’s remarkable diversity does not correspond to harmonious city politics. The documentary examines the city through the lens of its 2017 municipal election, in which the city’s first female mayor, Karen Majewski, ran for her fourth term against candidates representing a variety of ethnic groups. Surprising complexities and tensions develop as the campaign unfolds in a community that ultimately emerges as a testament to possibilities and pitfalls of democracy and, by extension, the American idea. Michigan theatrical premiere.
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