Detroit's story has encapsulated the iconic narrative of America over the last centuryundefined the Great Migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now . . . the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos. With its vivid, painterly palette and haunting score, DETROPIA sculpts a dreamlike collage of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution.
As houses are demolished by the thousands, automobile-company wages plummet, institutions crumble, and tourists gawk at the "charming decay," the film's vibrant, gutsy characters glow and erupt like flames from the ashes. These soulful pragmatists and stalwart philosophers strive to make ends meet and make sense of it all, refusing to abandon hope or resistance. Their grit and pluck embody the spirit of the Motor City as it struggles to survive postindustrialAmerica and begins to envision a radically different future. -by Caroline Libresco
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"THE MOST MOVING DOCUMENTARY I HAVE SEEN IN YEARS"
-David Denby, The New Yorker
"Of all the Sundance films tackling the gap between the richest 1% and the rest of the nation, the documentary "Detropia" stands out for how it encapsulates the causes and potential solutions."-
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