12TH AND CLAIRMOUNT
1967 was the Summer of Rebellion in Detroit.
Sparked by a police raid on a bar in a predominantly black neighbourhood, the socially, economically and racially-charged riots lasted four frightening days and nights, killing 43 residents and injuring over a thousand.
There was a long, tense and unresolved history of conflict between Detroit's overwhelmingly white police force and its African-American population. That separation led to resentment, a lack of opportunity, particularly in the housing market, and mutual distrust between whites and African-Americans.
Home movie footage donated by metro Detroiters provides the spine of the documentary which looks back at the Detroit uprising — its causes and aftermath. The home movie footage in 12th and Clairmount captures a wide spectrum of Detroit life.