United States 2012, 91 min, English, Hebrew subtitles

Over the course of the 20th century Detroit was a symbol of the American Dream. “The City of Cars” was an important industrial center which established a thriving middle class. But with the U.S. transition to a post-industrial economy the dream turned into a nightmare: many industries relocated to Third World countries, and the city suffered from mass departure of residents leaving behind ghost neighborhoods. The economic crisis of 2008 brought Detroit to the brink of bankruptcy. With a dreamy yet melancholic gaze, Sundance U.S. Documentary Editing Award winner “Detropia” wanders along the abandoned urban and industrial architecture, and follows local protagonists who still believe in the future of a city that keeps diminishing.

Detropia website

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Production: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, Craig Atkinson
Production Company: Loki Films
Editing: Enat Sidi
Cinematography: Tony Hardmon, Craig Atkinson
Music: Dial.81
Print Source: RO*CO FILMS ( CV
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Heidi Ewing was born and raised in the Detroit area around a family manufacturing business. DETROPIA is her fourth feature length documentary film and is close to her heart. She and her directing partner Rachel Grady made their feature doc debut with The Boys of Baraka, released by ThinkFilm in 2005. The ThinkFilm release followed inner city boys to a boarding school in rural Kenya, won the 2006 NAACP Image Award and aired on PBS's "POV" series. Jesus Camp, also co-directed with Grady, looks at the Christian right through the eyes of children. The film was nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. The directing team collaborated with several high profile nonfiction filmmakers for the 2009 omnibus documentary film Freakonomics: The Movie, based on the best-selling book. Their controversial 12th & Delaware, a searing portrait of the battle between a crisis pregnancy center and an abortion clinic, debuted at Sundance in 2010, won a Peabody Award and aired on HBO. Previously, Ewing directed Dissident, a documentary short about the struggle of Havana-based Nobel Peace Prize nominee Oswaldo Paya. The film was made clandestinely and shown around the world. Ewing is the co-owner of Loki Films, which produces non-fiction motion pictures, television programs and commercials.

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