Webster University Film Series Presents Detropia
October 11, 2012
What: Detroit's story has encapsulated the iconic narrative of America over the last century— the Great Migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now . . . the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos. With its vivid, painterly palette and haunting score, DETROPIA sculpts a dreamlike collage of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution. As houses are demolished by the thousands, automobile-company wages plummet, institutions crumble, and tourists gawk at the "charming decay," the film's vibrant, gutsy characters glow and erupt like flames from the ashes. These soulful pragmatists and stalwart philosophers strive to make ends meet and make sense of it all, refusing to abandon hope or resistance. Their grit and pluck embody the spirit of the Motor City as it struggles to survive postindustrial America and begins to envision a radically different future. (Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, 2012, USA, 80 min)
When: Weekend, October 12, 13 & 14 at 7:30 pm
For more information please visit the Film Series website.
Where: Webster University, Winifred Moore Auditorium, 470 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO 63119
Cost: $6 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens (60 +), Webster alumni and students from other schools. Cash or check only.
The Webster University Film Series receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council - a state agency.
With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based University providing a network of international residential campuses. Founded in 1915, Webster University’s campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional campuses in Asia, Europe and North America. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.