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Leaving Latitude 36 is supported by the Valletta 2018 Foundation, the Malta Film Fund, The American Embassy in Malta, the University of West Virginia and PBS.

The Pop art movement was largely a British and American cultural phenomenon of the late 1950s and '60s.

” shouts Leno as he approaches the bar with his friend under one arm and a Kinnie and Hennessy in the other.

This move from the centre of Detroit to its outskirts was promoted by the Detroit Rebellion or Riots (depends on which side you stood) of 1967, and the more recent economic crash of 2008, both of which laid waste to the city.

The move led to the forming of a new club, The Maltese American Community Club of Dearborn.

It’s Sunday 10th of September and a small portion of the Maltese community are celebrating the Festa of Maria Bambina. Ten days in Detroit, the majority of those days were spent inside one Maltese club or the other, interviewing Maltese migrants and their descendants.

The Maltese Motorcity community started to settle from as early as the 1920s - 5,000 strong - in a neighbourhood now known as Mexican Town.

The Detroit leg of the trip was funded by the Malta Film Fund (MFF), out of which a short feature documentary is to be produced.

The documentary is directed and produced by Charlie Cauchi and co-produced by Rebecca Anastasi, and the crew includes Brighton based photographer Ali Tollervey, First Assistant-Director Nick Woolgar, and Maltese-American researcher Marc Sanko.

Some strange rivalry exists between them, even though a couple of the characters frequent both.

The Maltese came to Detroit as workers, and prospered into the great American middle class, with farms and lake-side cottages to prove it.

in the 1950s and reached its peak of activity in the 1960s, chose as its subject matter the anonymous, everyday, standardized, and banal iconography in American life, as comic strips, billboards, commercial products, and celebrity images, and dealt with them typically in such forms as outsize commercially smooth paintings, mechanically reproduced silkscreens, large-scale facsimiles, and soft sculptures.

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