Detroit Wild City

Directed by: Florent Tillon

This documentary about the life, death, and rebirth of Motor City tells its story through haunting images of urban decay and interviews with residents who are reinventing the city’s future. The stunning post-apocalyptic landscape of abandoned skyscrapers, empty streets and crumbling factories stand in stark contrast to past images of a thriving metropolis. Residents describe the transformation they witnessed over their lifetime, and explain how the collapse of industry and infrastructure continues to thwart renewal. Still, they have found creative ways to survive, and the proliferation of urban farms, wild animals, and micro economies based on barter and trade suggest that Detroit has returned “back to nature” for a second lease on life. (D: Florent Tillon, 2010, 80 min., USA/France)

 

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