37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Hamtramck, USA

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Hamtramck, Michigan is a city built by immigrants. Once a town that was 90% Polish, Hamtramck became the first Muslim majority city in America. Now, this new wave of immigrants seeks to gain representation in city hall. Focusing on three individuals’ campaigns during one election season, this documentary highlights the ability of candidates to build support, coalitions, and partnerships across ethnic and religious lines while highlighting the lives, celebrations, and cultures of those calling Hamtramck home. By exploring the city’s rich history and a heated election, this politically fueled documentary wrestles with identity politics, power dynamics, and the immigrant experience in America. Discussion with directors Justin Feltman and Razi Jafri, moderated by Shilpa DavĂ© (UVA) to follow.


Wednesday, October 21


10:00 AM


Virtual Screening

Film Info

Director: Razi Jafri, Justin Feltman

Runtime: 71 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2020

Country: United States

Language: Arabic, Bengali, English