Street Fighting Men


Saturday, Nov. 11 at 3:30pm
Missouri History Museum

In a rapidly changing America where mass inequality and dwindling opportunity have devastated the black working class, three Detroit men must fight to build something lasting for themselves and future generations. “Street Fighting Men,” which celebrates dogged persistence in the face of overwhelming adversity, takes a deep vérité dive into the lives of three African Americans: retired cop Jack Rabbit, who continues to patrol the mean streets as a citizen; Deris, who has made bad choices in the past — and continues to self-sabotage — but wants to further his education and to serve as a role model for his baby daughter; and Luke, who labors mightily as he rehabs a seriously dilapidated house while putting together a meager living. Shot over three years in the neighborhoods of Detroit, “Street Fighting Men” is a modern American narrative: a story of hard work, faith, and manhood in a community left to fend for itself.

110 min.

Directed by

Andrew James

Film Category

Interfaith Competition Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Mean Streets: Viewing the Divided City Through the Lens of Film and Television Race in America: The Black Experience
With director James and Washington University Libraries’ Brian Woodman, curator of the Film & Media Archive.

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