Item Details

Requiem for Detroit? [electronic resource]

BBC Worldwide Ltd
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
More than a requiem, this documentary touches on issues relevant to all students of American history and society by using Detroit as a window into many sociocultural aspects of American life. Major topics include industrialization, the birth of suburbs and consumerism, black migration and white flight, race relations, unionization, economic decline, and community renewal - all set to a sound track by famous Detroit musicians. Director Julien Temple effectively weds scenes of poverty and urban collapse to cheerful archival footage, infusing the film with an energy that is wry, hip, and gritty. The program ends on a hopeful note as images of decaying architectural gems and feral homes give way to citizen activists converting weedy lots into community gardens. With commentary by Grace Lee Boggs, Martha Reeves, and John Sinclair.
Release Date
2010
Run Time
60 min.
Language
Closed-captioned
Rating
9 & up
Notes
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on November 18, 2010.
Contents
  • Welcome to Detroit (2:49)
  • Transformation of the Motor City (3:01)
  • Jump-Starting the American Dream (2:04)
  • Assembly Line: Key to Mass Production (2:01)
  • State of Emergency (2:02)
  • Creating a Consumer Society (1:30)
  • Dearborn and Inkster, Michigan (1:53)
  • Lee Plaza Hotel: Splendid Ruins (2:00)
  • Detroit's Economic Boom (1:41)
  • United Auto Workers Union (1:56)
  • Detroit Race Riots (3:08)
  • Detroit: Jewel City (1:44)
  • Rise and Fall of Jewel City (2:00)
  • Former Luxury Auto Plant (2:13)
  • Creating a Need for Automobiles (2:05)
  • Decline of Downtown Detroit (2:55)
  • Uprising Against Police Brutality (2:41)
  • Racial Divide (4:17)
  • Experiment in Post-Industrial Life (2:25)
  • Love and War in Detroit (3:25)
  • Perfect Storm for Destruction (1:56)
  • Auto Crisis Hits Detroit (2:04)
  • Rebuilding Detroit (3:16)
  • A New American Dream (4:19)
  • Requiem for Detroit?: Credits (0:28)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2010.
Publisher no.
43353 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (60 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
Mode of access: Internet.
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