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The Detroit Collection

Detroit has become synonomous with urban dysfunction. But this is a superficial reading of the the past 50 years. In this collection of films spanning five decades and with multiple focal points, a vibrant and militant city emerges -- a community that has faced severe challenges, and has risen up, again and again, to meet those challenges. These films will change the way you think about the Motor City.

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The Detroit Collection includes the following titles:

Finally Got the News - imageFinally Got the News

A film about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, which was, 'in many respects the most significant expression of black radical thought and activism in the 1960s.' - Manning Marable, Prof. of History, Columbia Univ.

Icarus Films | 1970 | 55 minutes | 10-12, College, Adult
Taking Back Detroit - imageTaking Back Detroit

In the '70s and early '80s Detroit was the site of an unusual development in U.S. urban politics, as voters elected two socialists to citywide office. The film examines these people against the backdrop of a city in extreme economic crisis.

Icarus Films | 1980 | 55 minutes | 10-12, College, Adult
The Water Front - imageThe Water Front

In Highland Park, MI an unelected, state-appointed Emergency Financial Manager with quasi dictatorial authority sees water privatization as key to economic recovery.

Bullfrog Films | 2008 | 53 minutes | 9-12, College, Adult
We Are Not Ghosts - imageWe Are Not Ghosts

Detroiters are reinventing the old Motor City as a vibrant new self-sustaining and human-scaled city for a post industrial world.

Bullfrog Films | 2012 | 52 minutes | 10-12, College, Adults
Detropia - imageDetropia

Academy Award-shortlisted for Best Documentary, the film is a vivid portrait of Detroit, America's first major post-industrial city, as it struggles to deal with the consequences of a broken economic system.

Bullfrog Films | 2012 | 86 minutes | 10-12, College, Adults

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