DETROPIA chronicles the lives of several Detroiters trying to make sense of what is happening to their city. An owner of a blues bar, a young blogger, an auto union rep, a group of young artists, an opera impresario and a gang of illegal "scrappers" make up an unlikely chorus that illuminates the tale of both a city and a country in a soul-searching mood, desperate for a new identity.
The woes of Detroit are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base. Is the Midwestern icon actually a canary in the American coal mine? DETROPIA is a cinematic tapestry of a city and its people who refuse to leave the building, even as the flames are rising.
“It's elegiac, beautiful and quietly devastating.”—NEW YORK MAGAZINE
“Twenty years after Michael Moore mourned the decline of the auto economy of Flint Michigan in Roger & Me, Detropia is a hymn to the collapse of the more distressed and dangerous Detroit nearby.”—SCREEN INTERNATIONAL
Winner, Editing Award—SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL