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Detropia (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 21 January 2012 (USA)
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A documentary on the city of Detroit and its woes, which are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base.
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Cast overview:
Noah Stewart Noah Stewart ... Singer: Featured Tenor
Rachele Gilmnore Rachele Gilmnore ... Singer: Also Featired at the Detroit Opera Gouyse
Michael Wanko Michael Wanko ... Singer: Also Featured at the Detroit Opera House
Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra ... Musicians: Detroit Opera Goyse
The Nyce Band The Nyce Band ... Performers: The Raven Lounge
94 East 94 East ... Performers: The Raven Lounge
Luann French Luann French ... Additional Musician: Violin Sample
Schuyler Campbell Schuyler Campbell ... Additional Musician: Keys
Todd Cochell Todd Cochell ... Additional Musician: Keys
Dave Graw Dave Graw ... Additional Musician: Vibes
Crystal Starr Crystal Starr ... Herself
George McGregor George McGregor ... Himself
Tommy Stephens Tommy Stephens ... Himself
David Dichiera David Dichiera ... Himself
Dave Bing Dave Bing ... Himself (archive footage)
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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. Written by Loki Films

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English

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21 January 2012 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$18,350, 9 September 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$356,172, 23 November 2012
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Tommy Stephens: Capitalism is a great system - I love it; but it exploits the weak. It always does. Unfortunately.
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I Am Coming For My Things
Written by Missy Mazzoli
Performed by Victoire
Courtesy of Missy Mazzoli Music and Good Child Music, Domind Publishing, New Amsterdam Records
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Clueless
20 August 2013 | by topideaSee all my reviews

"Detropia" is a voyeuristic snapshot of Detroit as it is today but offers little insight into how things got so bad so fast. Its creators, like most of America, seem to accept Detroit's condition as the inevitable result of auto companies migrating out of the city. They entirely miss the point that citizens of Detroit have made poor decisions that CAUSED the auto companies, as well as most of the hard-working population and the good teachers, to abandon the town.

What everyone misses is that Detroit's decline began at the height of the U.S. auto boom, when everyone was doing so well here that they thought they could afford to give everything to everyone and it would last forever. Some landmarks:

-- The big 3 agree to strike demands that are obviously unsustainable including pensions, wages and even a guarantee that workers will get full salaries when they're laid off!

-- The white majority, wishing to be "progressive", elects the first black mayoral candidate that comes along...never mind that he's not qualified, hates white people and is blatantly corrupt (Colman Young)

-- The same white liberals move out of the city, taking their limousines with them

-- Detroit enacts a City Income Tax, driving the remaining productive people and businesses out of town. This money is supposed to be for education but ends up in the pockets of school administration, union leaders and mayoral appointees

-- The (now) black majority continues to re-elect Coleman Young for 20 years because he promises freebies for all

-- Like a vulture sweeping in for the remains, Quame Kilpatrick gets elected mayor and sucks up every dime left in the Detroit treasury

These are all DECISIONS made by Detroit voters (white and black) that have brought the city to its knees.

The directors of Detropia similarly avoid suggesting any CURES for the city. They blame the suburbs for not supporting Detroit when, in fact, surrounding counties have voted many tax millages upon themselves to fund the Detroit Zoo, the Detroit Institute of Arts, etc. In fact, the city has been largely supported by its suburbs and the state and federal governments for many, many years.

The appointment of a Financial Manager by the state was an absolute necessity (no one WANTED it). After 50 years of waste and corruption, someone had to become the adult in the room.

One of Detropia's directors(dreamily) said on CSPAN this morning: "It does no good to look at the past, we must look forward." (GAG!) I offer this quote: "He who does not learn from the past is doomed to repeat it".


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