Location: Bartos Screening Room
With Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady in person
Dirs. Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady. 2012, 90 mins. Digital projection. With its vivid, painterly palette and haunting score, Detropia sculpts a dreamlike collage of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution. A collage of residents new and old strive to make ends meet and make sense of it all, reckoning with a postindustrial landscape while envisioning a radically different future for Detroit. “The most moving documentary I’ve seen in years. Both an ardent love letter to past vitality and a grateful salute to those who remain in place—the survivors, utterly without illusion, who refuse to leave. The filmmakers are so attuned to color and to shade that I was amazed by the handsomeness of what I was seeing. I’m not being perverse, this is a beautiful film.”—David Denby, The New Yorker. Nominated for four Cinema Eye Honors awards and winner of two, including Best Direction.