What would Henry Ford do and say if he traveled on time to Detroit in 2021? This is the question University of Michigan filmmaker Andy Kirshner is exploring in his new film “10 questions for Henry Ford.”
“It is his ghost so that he can be in the present. But it is also about looking for parallels between the past and the present. —Andy Kirshner, director of “10 Questions for Henry Ford”
The film follows the ghost of the auto giant through southeast Michigan, visiting its old crumbling factories, Greenfield Village, and even the Detroit People Mover. And it explores some of the most disturbing and racist aspects of Ford’s life and beliefs.
Listen: Director Andy Kirshner talks about his new movie “10 Questions for Henry Ford”.
Andy Kirshner is an artist, filmmaker, and chair of the Performing Arts Technology Department at the School of Music, Theater, University of Michigan & To dance. His film “10 Questions for Henry Ford” debuts online Tuesday as part of the Ojai Virtual Film Festival and runs until Sunday, November 14. You can find more information about the film and how to see on the film website.
“It’s his ghost so he can be in the present, ”says Kirshner. “But it’s also about examining the parallels between the past and the present, particularly the kind of interwar years between WWI and WWI. II and where we are now. And I see a lot of the themes are sort of parallel.
One of the themes Kirshner focuses on in the film is Ford’s xenophobia mixed with his desire to bring immigrants to the United States and turn them into “real Americans.”
“Ford had that kind of idea about the Americanization that you would take in that kind of raw material from immigrants all over the world, and through that education process, turned them into real Americans, which to Ford basically meant a sort of Anglo-Saxon Americans, says Kirshner.