Dorothy Davis: Make A Way

1984, 26:00 minutes, colour


As much a joyous celebration of spirit as an intimate portrait of Dorothy, Make A Way documents this Black woman's glorious creations and philosophies on recycling and duty to others. She and her husband Oliver, a scrap merchant, struggle to provide care for pregnant girls and needy neighbours victimized by an unresponsive welfare system, in spite of their own poverty. Dorothy's home is a monument to the wonder of ingenuity and imagination; her furniture and decor is a kitsch meld of other people's garbage, recycled and reinvented.
Introduced first to her home, then her church and community we are soon entranced by her strength and determination.

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