R: Fabia Mendoza,
67min., 2017, OmU (English)
Rosa Parks' house is set to be demolished, a man battling cancer is
stuck between two abandoned houses, and the partial removal of a house
in Detroit where dilapidated houses abound, somehow creates a scandal.
In a time in which cartoon characters rule the world, values are shifted
and lost. Ex-patriot artist Ryan Mendoza walks into a battlefield of
racial tension, and political rot as he attempts to bring a home
resembling the one he used to live in as a child in America, to where he
now lives, in Berlin.
The White House Documentary follows his interaction with the inhabitants
of Detroit, from Gregg Johnson who donated a house for his art project
on Stoepel Street, to Rosa Parks' niece Rhea McCauley who allowed him to
ship a house her aunt had lived in overseas. Ironically, from a country
set on building a wall, the city in which the Rosa Parks' house would be
rebuilt was itself reborn of a wall being taken down.
This documentary, an offbeat homage to Detroit, features techno-pioneers
the Underground Resistance, the grandfathers of Hip Hop The Last Poets,
former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Tommy Hearns, Urban Activist
and public shamer Jonathan Pommerville, Harley K Brown, once the biggest
employer for minorities in Michigan, the neighbors of the White House on
Stoepel Street, Kari Smith, CEO of The Packard Plant Project, the
largest industrial renovation project in North America, and musicians
from Detroit such as Sovereign T and Preach the Artist among others.