About the program

Citizens of different backgrounds reckon with the national zeitgeist in this collective snapshot of place and time, the first of a two-part program. 

“What Happens to a Dream Deferred”: DACA recipients and Detroiters José Adrián Badillo Carlos and Osvaldo Sandoval process the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. Directed by Scott Boehm. 11 minutes. 

“Breaking the Cycle”: Southfield native Josephine Jackson visits her hometown to put her elite education in the context of her parents’ and grandparents’ struggles. 13 minutes. 

“The Hidden Vote”: The Hidden Vote uncovers the quirks and surprises in the modern American electorate, traveling to Michigan and elsewhere to explore stereotypes about how and why people vote in this politically charged and divided era. Directed by Adithya Sambamurthy. 11 minutes. 

“American Gods”: Detroit artist Tylonn J. Sawyer contrasts American iconography with a stirring rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” sometimes referred to as the “Black National Anthem.” 3 minutes. 

“A Tale of Two Cities”: Tells the story of citizens from two very different Michigan communities —picturesque, small town Evart and gritty, industrial Flint — that have found their futures inextricably linked by a threat to the one thing that all life requires: water. Directed by Miranda Fox. 14 minutes. 

“Blessings of Liberty”: At the height of American political polarization, hundreds of Iraqi Christians living in Detroit face deportation from the president they helped elect. Directed by Emily Thomas. 26 minutes. 

Total running time: 1 hour, 18 minutes 


12:30p.m. Sat., April 13
Marvin and Betty Danto
Lecture Hall at the DIA