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DEFORCE [electronic resource]: The Past, Present, and Future of Detroit

Detroit Documentary Production
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Once viewed as a model for urban America, Detroit has experienced what many believe to be the worst downturn in living standards and population of any large American city. Exactly how and why such a dramatic change occurred is still being debated, but the answers will undoubtedly shed light on challenges facing the U.S. as a whole. This documentary searches for the causes behind Motor City's disturbing decline. Questioning a widely held explanation that focuses on the collapse of the automobile industry, the film argues that Detroit's woes are largely political in nature. Viewers learn about vast socioeconomic differences between the city and neighboring communities and how issues connected to these disparities were mismanaged by federal, state, and local officials for decades. In today's Detroit, a young man is more likely to face jail time then he is to graduate from college. Understanding that shocking reality requires far more than a report on the travails of the auto makers.
Release Date
2010
Run Time
86 min.
Language
English
Rating
11 & up
Some content may be objectionable
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on January 20, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Past, Present, and Future of Detroit
Contents
  • Opening Credits and News Footage (2:01)
  • Economic Statistics (2:12)
  • Two Detroits (2:26)
  • Foundation of the Motor City (2:02)
  • Race Riot of 1943 (2:11)
  • History of Racism in Detroit (2:24)
  • Policies of Prejudice (2:51)
  • Black Political Progress (2:30)
  • Riots of 1967 (4:06)
  • Race Relations after 1967 Riot (2:35)
  • STRESS Unit (3:21)
  • Change with Mayor Young (3:03)
  • Abuses of Power under Young (3:55)
  • Deterioration of Quality of Life (2:43)
  • Dire Conditions in Detroit (2:54)
  • Corruption under Kilpatrick (3:33)
  • Blighted Structures in Detroit (2:15)
  • Symbols of Old Detroit (1:47)
  • Detroit Police Corruption (2:26)
  • Mismanagement of School District (3:02)
  • Sense of Abandonment (1:48)
  • Drug Warfare (3:06)
  • Lack of Opportunity (2:33)
  • Cost of the Drug War (4:26)
  • Racial Discrimination in Sentencing (3:18)
  • Effect of Mandatory Minimums (3:07)
  • Victims of the Justice System (1:54)
  • Detroit's Sense of Pride (4:58)
  • Future of Detroit (2:44)
  • Credits: DEFORCE: The Past, Present, and Future of Detroit (3:08)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2010.
Publisher no.
50565 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (86 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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