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Brewster Douglass, You're My Brother

United States, 2012
Documentary, Short


This 27-minute documentary takes an unconventional look inside the historic buildings, introducing the viewer to lifelong residents, activists who fought to keep the projects open, and squatters – themselves former residents – who struggle to stay warm through Detroit’s harsh winter.

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Brewster Douglass, You're My Brother Directed by Oren Goldenberg, Paul Abowd

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    First Lady Mrs. Roosevelt attended the groundbreaking for the eventual home of Joe Louis, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, and Lily Tomlin among others. First ballyhooed and later decried, Brewster Douglass housed nearly 10,000 in its heyday. By 2008, after decades of neglect, the city of Detroit shut it down. Goldenberg focuses on the last squatters before the housing project's final demolition in late summer 2014.

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