GENRE: Drama, Crime, Family
In a city on the brink of widespread insurrection, Giacomo Borgetto comes face-to-face with the people and forces shaping post-World War II Detroit, including taking advantage of his connections to the mob while remaining mindful to keep his three sons on the straight-and-narrow path.
In the mid 1940s After World War II, the social strife and impulses of change in Detroit are boiling over. As the home of organized labor, automotive manufacturing, an emerging civil right movement and the growing influence of organized crime, the city is the political and cultural ground zero of the dynamic social forces that will create profound, dramatic changes in the decades ahead.
Giacomo Borgetto — a grocery store owner — has a front-row seat to the people, circumstances and conflicts that will not only shape contemporary Detroit, but mid 20th-century American history. Among the personalities that cross his path are charismatic labor leaders, civil rights ministers, politicians, shrewd corporate executives and mafiaso tough guys.
As an immigrant, Giacomo struggles with assimilating to America culture and retaining the traditions of his homeland – Sicily. Indeed, the traditions are shared by a broad community of relatives and friends, many of who are members of a growing organized crime syndicate. At a critical time when he needed money to start his grocery store business, Giacomo borrowed money from the most powerful mafia family in Detroit, a regrettable decision that haunts him everyday.
Amid an environment of organized labor posturing, communist witch-hunts, and struggles to fight racial segregation, Giacomo struggles to find the moral path for himself, his family and the broader social world. While his choice to “do right” is often cast in a black-and-white world, the choices of this three sons isn’t as clear. Deeply righteous, he seems to be struggling against the prevailing current, although he will be vindicated by history.
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