Resilience/Resistance is a subtle character study of two sisters, Annette and Earlene, who were born and raised on the East Side of Detroit, Michigan, USA. Annette and Earlene embody the present-day negotiation between resilience and resistance at stake in the city of Detroit. This character sketch brings to bear an emotionally ranging response to the complexities of the recent re-urbanism driving the public narrative of Detroit. Working to complicate the use of the term resilience within this redevelopment story, this short film offers the possibility that resilience and resistance are entangled phenomena. Mixed with still images and soundscapes produced within and about the city of Detroit, Resilience/Resistance centralizes the vitality, vulnerability, grit, and passion that these two sisters reflect back at the city they call home.
Nina Jackson Levin is a PhD student at the University of Michigan in Anthropology and Social Work. Her multimodal research explores relationships, families, connection, belonging, intimacy, and care across a variety of contexts in South East Michigan.