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Detroit feels post-industrial and almost post-American. Schools are closing by the dozen. Citizens are leaving in droves. And yet this city once epitomised the American Dream. Gangsterish capitalists pumped it full of illusory money. Millions of cars flooded forth. Several generations of brilliant musicians danced in the streets and kicked out the jams.
This superbly evocative film documents the rise and fall, projecting archive scenes on to the side of the city’s derelict buildings and talking to the artists, ex- cons and intrepid youngsters who are tentatively helping the city to live again. Brutally fascinating and filled with worrying resonances closer to home – as industry disintegrates, how long before parts of northern England begin to suffer similar fates?