Re-routing the Motor City

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 7:30pm
Brecht Forum @ The Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

January 22nd, 2014 7:30 PM
Film Screening & Discussion

A Presentation of Arts and Labor Alternative Economies

Detroit, a City in Transformation

Matt Birkhold, Reg Flowers & Amaka Okechukwu

Join Arts and Labor Alternative Economies for a Screening of Paper Tiger Television's Rerooting the Motor City: Notes on a City in Transformation followed by a round table discussion.

From food deserts, to the plans to “rightsize” the city, how are Detroiters responding to the localized failures of post-industrial global capitalism? How are they re-mediating the frontier mythologies perpetuated by the mainstream media that complement "creative class” policy promotion? With a critical lens on race and class dynamics, this documentary weaves together segments on Detroit’s labor history, the budding urban agriculture movement, a critical look at philanthro-capitalism and its relationship to redevelopment as well as media (mis)representations of a city in transformation.

Discussants include:

Matt Birkhold, Executive Director at The Brecht Forum, Co-founder at Growing Roots National Organizing Committee at James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership.

Reg Flowers, Actor, Producer, Director, Playwright, Co-learning Facilitator, Grassroots Organizer.

Amaka Okechukwu, Co-founder of Growing Roots, and Doctoral Candidate of Sociology at New York University.

Sliding scale: $6/$10/$15
Free for Brecht Forum Subscribers