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Program 15 - 'Detroit Dog City'

  • Cinema Village 12 East 12th Street New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

With A Special Salute to the National Writers Union (UAW)

Detroit Dog City - Detroit, in parts, is a ghost town. Bankruptcy left the city with 78,000 deserted buildings. Thousands of stray dogs—mostly bully breeds known as “Detroit Specials”—roam the streets and hideout in abandoned spaces. This is the story of how a wealthy nation, the U.S. lets a working class city drift into despair.

Meet Detroit Dog Rescue, a homegrown pack of friends and family fueled by a passion to clean up Detroit … one dog at a time. With a tight-knit clan of volatile personalities, the DDR crew braves rough streets, dingy buildings and gnashing teeth to rescue former fight dogs, territorial mutts and fetching pups from the wreckage of Detroit’s economic collapse.

As tough and resilient as the dogs they try to save, this maverick group of optimists brings compassion to a city that continues to spiral downwards. In the process, they rescue not only severely neglected and abused dogs but also the isolated and forgotten people in the decaying neighborhoods of Detroit. It is a story of life in one of America’s most unique and illustrious cities. (2015, 1 hr 12 min)

And Then We Marched - Experimental Filmmaker Lynne Sachs (Your Day is My Night, Tip Of My Tongue) went to the Women's March with her young neighbor, who was attending her first ever political march and demonstration. The results remind us that you're never to young to speak truth to power. (2017, 3 min)

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