DETROPIA

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(Rachel Grady, Heidi Ewing, USA). 91 min­utes. Rat­ing: The direc­tors of Je­sus Camp and 12th & Delaware turn their cul­tur­ally in­ci­sive at­ten­tion to the city of Detroit, where the cit­i­zens, busi­nesses and gov­ern­ment of the one-time au­to­mo­tive boom town are on the verge of bank­ruptcy.

Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady ex­plore Amer­i­can eco­nomic de­cay through small, per­sonal mo­ments like a barista hav­ing an awk­ward en­counter with ob­nox­ious Swiss hip­sters at a cof­fee shop, and a pro­duc­tion of The Mikado that puts var­i­ous politi­cians and auto com­pa­nies on the Lord High Ex­e­cu­tioner’s Lit­tle List.

With its sense of a de­spair­ing pop­u­lace tilt­ing to­ward chaos while hap­less politi­cians strug­gle to find so­lu­tions both popular and pos­si­ble, Detropia plays like the pre­quel to Robo­Cop. Make of that what you will. May 5, 5: 45 pm, Bloor Hot Docs Cin­ema.

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