Finally Got the News + Taking Back Detroit
FINALLY GOT THE NEWS
Directors: Stewart Bird, Rene Lichtman, and Peter Gessner
1970 / 55 mins / Digital
TAKING BACK DETROIT
Director: Stephen Lighthill
1980 / 55 mins / 16mm
Hot off the auto plant factory floor and still jarring in its immediacy, Finally Got the News goes inside the operations of Detroit’s League of Revolutionary Black Workers, leafleting, picketing, and independently organizing to provide a viable alternative to the often-unresponsive UAW. A hard-hitting journey through the history of black labor’s exploitation in America, screening with Taking Back Detroit, which records the rise to citywide office power of two card-carrying socialists, City Council member Ken Cockrel and Recorders Court Judge Justin Ravitz.
Screening in the series Icarus Films at 40.