Chavez Ravine

(USA/2005—directed by Jordan Mechner)

Located a few miles outside of Los Angeles, Chavez Ravine was home to generations of Mexican-Americans since the 1890s, a self-sufficient community where residents ran their own schools and grew their own food. In the late 1940s photographer Don Normark began to document the families of Chavez and their hand-built homes, constructed with endless ingenuity on the steep terrain. The postwar expansion of Los Angeles led to the destruction of Chavez Ravine to make way for Dodger Stadium in 1959.

The special exhibit Making Home: Contemporary Works from the DIA (through June 6, 2018) presents a range of works from the DIA’s collec­tions that are concerned with representations of home. Works in a variety of media both affirm symbols of domestic space and question popular ideas of home as a source of comfort, belonging and permanency. Making Home On Film will present a series, both fictional and documentary, that explores diverse examples of the places we call home.

Free with museum admission.

The Detroit Film Theatre is generously supported by Buddy's Pizza.

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