In November 2021, Stamps Associate Professor Andy Kirshner spoke to WDET’s Stephen Henderson and to Michigan Radio’s April Baer about his new feature-length experimental documentary, 10 Questions for Henry Ford.
The film uses archival documents, oral histories, Ford’s personal notebooks, and the automaker’s tragic relationship with his historically under-appreciated son, Edsel to take a brutally honest look at the complex legacy of an American icon, Henry Ford.
In the radio interviews, Kirshner shares elements of his research, the genesis of the project, his creative process, and the parallels between Ford’s highly divisive time and present day America.
As Kirshner tells Baer, “I became interested in the complexities and contradictions of his [Ford’s] personality. He was a folk hero, but he was also a really influential anti-Semite. Probably the American anti-Semite who did the most damage — ever.”