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  • 2014 Emmy — Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form
  • About the Film

    Man in hooded jacket walks down blighted street past graffiti-covered buildings

    Can the Motor City rise from its ashes? This film tells the dramatic story of Detroit and its residents who are refusing to abandon hope. This dynamic cluster of innovators, entrepreneurs, and proud, self-proclaimed "hustlers" is on the brink of creating a radically new city for the postindustrial age.

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  • Picking Up the Pieces

    Close-up of Detroit scavenger.

    Two Detroit area scavengers discuss how scrap metal provides a decent living now that unemployment rates have exceeded 30% and assembly line wages have been reduced in this companion video to Detropia.

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  • Capturing the Spirit of a Challenged City

    Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

    Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady filmed Detropia with the hopes that all Americans would see themselves mirrored in their portrait of the Motor City, which depicts both overwhelming hardship and new possibilities.

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  • Talkback

    Front exterior shot of a formerly grand old building that has fallen apart, with dried weeds flanking the foreground.

    Do you live in a community threatened by urban decay? How are people trying to improve the situation? Is there hope of rising from the ashes?

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