Hamtramck, USA

Razi Jafri, Justin Feltman


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 Iraqiimmigrant 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.


"Hamtramck, USA gives us one of the more down-to-earth yet somehow inspiring political documentaries of the past few years." - Audrey Fox, JumpCut

"In these cynical times, it’s enough to make you believe there are still places in America where democracy exists." - Clint Worthington, The Spool

"The filmmakers take a very hands-off approach, allowing the community to tell this story...they realize that just being truthful and present can offer cinematic insight." - Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

"Hamtramck, USA neither whitewashes the Muslim experience nor demonizes it." - Li Lai, Mediaversity