DETROIT (WWJ) – Scrappers gather metal in a scene from a documentary about Detroit that has won an award at the Sundance Film Festival.
“Detropia” won for best editing of a feature-length documentary.
The movie, made in part, by several people native to the metro area, shows the bleaker side of life in the city.
“This whole neighborhood is probably 100 houses, from 20 blocks this way and 20 blocks that way … no one will mess with you around here,” one character tells the audience.
The movie, which features the lives of four real life Detroiters, shows the history and political decisions that helped make Detroit what it is today. It asks whether every city in the country is going to face the same challenges as Detroit in the near future. The movie was first shown to Sundance audiences last week.
Co-director of Detropia, Heidi Ewing, is from Farmington Hills. Ewing also directed the well-known documentary “Jesus Camp”.
Local screening dates for Detropia are expected to be set soon.