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Requiem for Detroit

I've written about Detroit before, but I just caught this show called Requiem for Detroit on YouTube, and it is nothing short of AMAZING. This is a REALLY good film. And yes, it's a full show that's close to 90 minutes long.

The entire show is below. I suggest watching it now just it case it ever gets yanked from YouTube. But before you do, here are a few things that I really liked about it.

A true-to-life dystopia

If you're a sci-fi fan, you will seriously dig the way this was put together. It has a quality of being Blade Runner-like in the respect that movie was meant to show the future as a dystopia. Detroit however is real. While watching this you'll have to remind yourself of that. I had to. Several times. This film isn't fiction, it's a documentary.

The beginning of the flick says it best - Detroit is the first post-American city. In many ways, where I grew up was a tiny version of Detroit at one point. I say "was" because in the mid-2000s some decent effort was put into revitalizing that itty bitty corner of Connecticut, and they are slowly but surely coming out of the serious funk they were in that lasted about 25 years.

Northeastern CT was never anything close to a successful metropolis like Detroit was, however it had a similar environment in many ways. Lots of crumbly old hazardous brick mills from an Industrial Age long gone, high poverty rate, dirty streets, broken houses, etc.

For those that grew up in that area that are (or close to) the same age as me and are wondering which event triggered the downward spiral, it was when Anchor Glass left Killingly. You now know it as Killingly Commons. AG was a huge glass plant that employed several hundred (possibly several thousand?) people when it existed. Also, the title of Anchor Glass is so unbelievably ironic concerning Killingly because AG literally was the anchor for the town, job-wise. The departure of AG was to Killingly what GM/Ford/Chrysler was to Detroit when they dropped all their jobs when they started losing money.

American Ruins

Also in the beginning of the film it's noted that Detroit is like Rome or Greece's ruins, except a whole lot larger.

To think we actually have ruins is nothing short of incredible, but we do. They're in Detroit.

Urban Explorers

The term urban exploring (or urban exploration) is something pretty much all of us have done at one point but we never had a title for it. It's when you go by yourself or with a friend to some old abandoned building (an old home or maybe an old factory) and go exploring. Doing this type of exploring was never organized; you just went and did it.

Detroit urban exploring on the other hand is at least somewhat organized, and you'll see instance of this in the film. Because Detroit has such a massive area of places that are in ruins, you'd actually have to map it out, take proper precautions and maybe even bring along a guide who had been to certain places previously. I can honestly say that yes, I would actually be interested in doing it - but like hell if I'd do it alone. No way. I'd go with a group of at least two other people. And you can guarantee I'd have a good digital camera and trail-style GPS along with me to mark the locations.

There is a happy ending to the film

Compared to my last post on Detroit, this one has a good ending. I was left with a sense that Detroit will have a rebirth of sorts in a way so decidedly American that.. well.. you'll just have to watch it to see what I mean.

Here's the flick. It's a playlist that includes all 8 parts. Play and go. Or if you'd rather watch it on YouTube directly, here's the playlist link.

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