It is a myth that it was the financial crisis that killed the US economy, something this film aptly demonstrates. Over the last decade, more than 50 000 factories in the U.S. have been shut down. Detroit and its automobile industry is particularly affected: Once an iconic metropolis, this city has become a ghost down, with its middle class in collapse, and its unemployed youth burning down houses to collect scrap metal and sell it – to China.
DETROPIA is a wake-up call for the post-industrial West. With strong poetic presence, it swings effortlessly from everyday stories, via overarching questions, to the sadness and fascination of witnessing the great visions of the 20th century turned to ruins. It also asks: Who represents Detroit's hope for the future? The struggling politicians? The uncompromising union leaders? Or the many artists that come to the city in search for symbols to fit with their critique against capitalism?