“Detropia” a film:

January 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

(They don’t have a trailer? But the link below “Good Film” has an 9 minute clip worth watching)

From the directors of such documentaries as ‘Jesus Camp’ and ‘Freakonomics’ comes Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s latest film, ‘Detropia’.

This film, which I obviously haven’t yet seen, (supposedly) paints a candid portrait at the “innovative people who refuse to leave the building, even as the flames are rising.”

I came to find this movie through an article from that one news paper in New York entitled, ‘Dismanteling Detroit’ focused solely on the ‘scrappers’ in Detroit. As everyone knows, Rustbelt or otherwise, copper goes for a pretty penny, and when no one is looking after a property, it is likely that that copper will get scrapped.

Surprisingly, these guys, who all lacked high school diplomas, seemed to have a better understanding of their place in the global food chain than many educated American 20-somethings. The young men regularly checked the fluctuating price of metals before they determined their next scrap hunt, and they had a clear view of where these resources were going and why. They were the cleanup crew in a shaky empire. Somebody’s got to do it.

“Dismanteling Detroit” by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady 1/19/2012

The film premiers at the Sundance Film Festival and shortly thereafter will be watched by yours truly.

For more information on the film:

Good Film

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