Mar/13
Urban Films: Detropia (2012)

Detroit's story encapsulates the iconic narrative of America over the last century---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. Detroit's 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 postindustrial America and begins to envision a radically different future. "The most moving documentary I have seen in years."---David Denby, The New Yorker. Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady.

Urban Planning Film Series

A mostly-weekly series showing documentary and feature films on topics related to cities, urbanism, design, community development, ecology, and other planning issues. Free.  Web site: http://www.urbanfilm.org  Open to: the general public