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March 01, 2012

Requiem for Detroit?

'More than a requiem, this documentary touches on issues relevant to all students of American history and society by using Detroit as a window into many sociocultural aspects of American life. Major topics include industrialization, the birth of suburbs and consumerism, black migration and white flight, race relations, unionization, economic decline, and community renewal--all set to a sound track by famous Detroit musicians. Director Julien Temple effectively weds scenes of poverty and urban collapse to cheerful archival footage, infusing the film with an energy that is wry, hip, and gritty. The program ends on a hopeful note as images of decaying architectural gems and feral homes give way to citizen activists converting weedy lots into community gardens. With commentary by Grace Lee Boggs, Martha Reeves, and John Sinclair."- Unedited summary from container.

Its historical understanding is much appreciated. The archival footage, new footage and video projections onto vacant buildings are inspired to say the least. The message of hope is wonderful. The editing is very manipulative. BBC uses sound to reinforce the point while reusing some of the sound effects to add to the nervousness of the viewer. Many large industrial cities have suffered tremendous changes over the last 30 years. Detroit does stand out since it has its own version of celebrity. However post industrial decline and community rebirth if evident in many locations around the world.

Askwith Media Library 56613-D 60 minutes 2010

Posted by mcmike at March 1, 2012 02:29 PM


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