State of Affairs


Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Screening time  
28.02. / Friday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 5  
"Detropia" is a cinematic tapestry of a city and its people. Detroit’s story in this film encapsulates the iconic narrative of America over the last century.

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.


Heidi Ewing

Heidi Ewing was born and raised in the Detroit area. Detropia is her fourth featurelength documentary film and is close to her heart. A private investigator turned filmmaker,


Rachel Grady

Rachel Grady has produced and directed a wide variety of documentaries for HBO, PBS, The Discovery Channel, MTV and A&E. Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady made their feature doc debut with The Boys of Baraka (2005). Jesus Camp, another film collaboration, was nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. The directing team collaborated with several high profile nonfiction
filmmakers for the 2009 omnibus documentary film Freakonomics: The Movie. Their controversial 12th & Delaware, debuted at Sundance in 2010, won a Peabody Award and aired on HBO. Ewing and Grady are owners of Loki Films, which produces non-fiction motion pictures, television programs and commercials.

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2012, 84', video

Directed by:
Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady

Tony Hardmon, Craig Atkinson

Edited by:
Enat Sidi

Dial.81, Blair French

Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, Craig Atkinson

Produced by:
Loki Films

Festivals & Awards:

Sundance Film Festival 2012 – U.S. Documentary Editing Award; Independent Film Festival Boston 2012 – Grand Jury Award; DocAviv – Tel Aviv 2012- Special Jury Mention;Indianapolis International Film Festival 2012 – Grand Jury Award; Best Documentary Award; Traverse City Film Festival 2012 – American Film Special Jury Prize; Naples International Film Festival 2012 – Best Documentary; Hot Docs 2012; Full Frame Documentary Festival 2012; Silverdocs 2012