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Detropia by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

Apr 203 2013 ( Sat ) @ 07:30 PM

MIST Harlem - My Image Studios
46 West 116th Street, New York, New York 10026

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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.(in conversation with Malikah Shabazz and Pam Sporn)
Preceded by:
Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route by Pamela Sporn – 12 mins (work in progress) In this work-in-progress, filmmaker and daughter of Detroit, Pam Sporn, returns to take a more nuanced look at the Motor City’s history and Detroiters’ current struggle for revitalization. Her guide is longtime friend Wendell Watkins, who for 26 years has delivered mail and built ties with people along a twenty-block expanse of the New Center area. The film challenges viewers to ask what are the human costs when industry and government abandon a major urban center. How do the grandchildren of immigrants and southern migrants stave off a mass exodus from the blighted city and inspire the next generation to stay and rebuild, rather than taking their skills elsewhere?

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MIST Harlem - My Image Studios
46 West 116th Street,New York, New York 10026

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