The documentary Detropia, made by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing between autumn 2009 and 2011, represents the tragedy of the 139 square miles of one of the most important industrial cities of America. Today, the population is halved from the 1.8 million who once lived there. 40 square miles stand empty: 100,000 vacant houses are decaying in a landscape where nothing seems able to rescue them. The trailer is here:
The film's facebook page, which does a good job of reporting on screenings and press is here: http://www.facebook.com/DETROPIATHEFILM
The New Yorker's David Denby has just given it a rave review
(here: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/cinema/2012/09/10/120910crci_cinema_denby ;)
AM New York has commented: "Detropia," should be required viewing in this presidential election season."
And here's a good interview with Heidi Ewing:
The photo above, of Crystal Star, is of a Detroit video blogger who became one of the beacons of hope for the filmmakers.
When I was looking for stills, I surfed onto an aggregator page that uses advertising to support its work. Above the stills of scrappers and homeless people, I read the words "You can pay your bills." The irony wasn't even funny.