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School Bd/College/University DVD: $395


Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 86 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2012
Available in French: No

A vivid portrait of Detroit, America's first major post-industrial city, as it struggles to deal with the consequences of a broken economic system.
Detroit's story has encapsulated 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. 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 postindustrial America and begins to envision a radically different future.

There are 2 versions of the film on the DVD:
the original 86-minute version and a 58-minute (bleeped) classroom version
+ 11 bonus features, SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and scene selection.


Shortlist for Best Documentary, Academy Awards®
Best Editing, Feature Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
Grand Jury Award, Independent Film Festival of Boston
Special Jury Mention, DocAviv: Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival
Grand Jury Award, Indianapolis Film Festival
Best Documentary Award, Indianapolis Film Festival
American Film Special Jury Prize, Traverse City Film Festival
Screened at:

Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival
Full Frame Documentary Festival
AFI/Silverdocs Documentary Festival
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
True/False Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival
Ashland Independent Film Festival
RiverRun International Film Festival
Woods Hole Film Festival
Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival
RIDM: Montreal International Documentary Festival


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