Freep Film Festival: Street Fighting Men

In a rapidly changing America where mass inequality and dwindling opportunity have devastated the black working class, three Detroit men must fight to build something lasting for themselves and future generations. “Street Fighting Men,” which celebrates dogged persistence in the face of overwhelming adversity, takes a deep, observational dive into the lives of three African-American men: retired cop Jack Rabbit, who continues to patrol the mean streets as a citizen; Deris, who has made bad choices in the past but wants to further his education and serve as a role model for his baby daughter; and Luke, who labors mightily as he rehabs a dilapidated house while putting together a meager living. Shot over three years in the neighborhoods of Detroit, “Street Fighting Men” is a modern American narrative: a story of hard work, faith and manhood in a community left to fend for itself. Michigan premiere.

2017. 1 hour, 48 minutes. Directed by Andrew James. Unrated; adult situations.

*Please note that the Crystal Gallery Cafe will be closed on Saturday, April 14 from 3:00-4:45 p.m.

The fifth annual Freep Film Festival arrives April 11-15 at a variety of venues centered in greater downtown Detroit. Full schedule, links to buy tickets and more at freepfilmfestival.com.