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Requiem for Detroit? (2010)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  13 March 2010 (UK)
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A documentary about the decay and industrial collapse of America's fourth largest city.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
Lowell Boileau ...
Himself - Artist
Paul Thal ...
Himself - Auto Executive
Mike Neeson ...
Himself - Detroit Resident
David Gartman ...
Himself - Sociologist
Grace Lee Boggs ...
Herself - Author and Activist
Logan ...
Himself - Urban Explorer (as Logan X)
John Sinclair ...
Himself - Beat Poet
Tyree Guyton ...
Himself - Artist
Mitch Ryder ...
Himself - Musician
Herself - Motown Star and Detroit City Councilwoman
Bradley McCallum ...
Himself - Detroit Historian
Patricia Semivan ...
Herself - Former General Motors Employee
Arthur Stank ...
Himself - Former Detroit Police Officer
Tom Wilkinson ...
Himself - General Motors Executive


A documentary about the decay and industrial collapse of America's fourth largest city.

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Hope in a Modern Catastrophe
14 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Detroit might be anywhere. A city built on promises and wealth from the powers that be that often shape countries. A city left bereft of wealth and promise by the people who created it not so long ago.

Temple's documentary is a strong message of what can happen should the worst happen. It reminded me of how reliant we are on the promises of big business and when the power goes out it might not come back on.

Having never been to Detroit I wondered how this once burgeoning city, like all cities, could fall and emerge in the modern world like a post-apocalypse disaster town, where anarchy ruled. The word 'apocolypse' comes from ancient Greek and it translates as 'rebirth' (sic) and anarchy in Detroit is not as bad as it seems to Temple, as the city can only pick itself up from rock bottom.

The documentary is solid and provides an insight into a city that is the butt of a lot of jokes in the US. This city is no joke if we take the future of capitalism seriously and Temple's Requiem For Detroit will be remembered as a non-sectarian view of capitalism gone awry.

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