Hamtramck, USA

Hamtramck, USA

Once a city that was 90% Polish, Hamtramck became the first Muslim majority city in America. Now, this new wave of immigrants aim to gain representation in city hall.

Hamtramck, USA follows Kamal Rahman, a Bangladeshi candidate for Mayor, Fadel al-Marsoumi, a 23 year old Iraqi immigrant running for City Council, as well as the current mayor, Karen Majewski, Hamtramck’s first female mayor in the city’s 100 year lineage of Polish mayors. Throughout the election, candidates look to build support, coalitions, and partnerships across ethnic and religious lines.

Weaved into the election season, the film showcases the vibrant life, celebrations, and culture of those who call this city home.

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Razi Jafri

Justin Feltman




Directors: Razi Jafri, Justin Feltman
Executive Producer: Doug Blush
Producer: Razi Jafri, Justin Feltman
Editor: Luther Clement-Lam
Sound Designer: Lianna Squillace
Music: Colleen Burke
Principal Cast: Abraham Aiyash, Fadel Almarsoumi, Karen Majewski, Kamal "Asm" Rahman
Additional Credits: Colorist: Timothy Fryett, Camera Operator: Elaine Cromie, Camera Operator: Petter Dahlgren, Camera Operator: Viviana Gold, Camera Operator: Sam Ogletree, Camera Operator: Nathan Rockwell, Camera Operator: Lauren Santucci


Public Film Contact
Justin Feltman
Mixed Media Productions, LLC
Publicity Contact
Jacki St. Thomas
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2020
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Documentary Spotlight
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 93 mins