Freep Film Festival:   Internal Combustion 
Saturday, March 21st 6:30pm 
Detroit Film Theatre
Director Steve Faigenbaum’s return to Detroit after a 25-year absence jolts him into a introspective and expansive exploration of the collapse of a once-great city as he compares it to touchstones in his own family’s history: The Jewish immigrant experience against the African-American experience, the riots of 1943 and 1967, fears surrounding the Vietnam War, white flight to the suburbs, the auto industry’s ebbs and flows, and the ultimate question of whether or not Detroit can rise again. Using archival footage,
Faigenbaum effectively portrays Detroit as a complicated city so often at war with itself. It’s a good reminder that city’s problems – and its optimism – go back much further than the recent past of bankruptcy, Kwame and the Great Recession. Modern-day testimony around the 1969 violence between Republic of New Africa members and Detroit police is particularly compelling. “Internal Combustion” ends with an appearance by activist Grace Lee Boggs, who provides an ideal summation: “It’s the end of something here in Detroit and therefore a challenge to create something new…We have to…have a sense of history and how so many societies have come and gone because they weren’t able to look at themselves and what was happening to them.”   U.S. premiere. (86 min.)

After the film:  Free Press Editorial Page Editor Stephen Henderson will lead a discussion with director Steve Faigenbaum and Kimberly L. Simmons, a historian and founder of the Detroit River Project.

See the film trailer below of Internal Combustion. At 6:30pm, Saturday, March 21st come out to see the full documentary for the Free Press Film Festival held at the Detroit Film Theatre. 

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Stephen Faigenbaum, director & 
Kathryn Huffman, retired DPS teacher/counselor
Back at Bagley:  
Kathryn describes her first day at Bagley Elementary with former classmateStephsn in “Internal Combustion”

Internal Combustion by director Stephen Faigenbaum2 min. Trailer

​Detroit’s J.L. Hudson’s was the second largest department store in the 
nation.  It had to be demolished in 1998