The booming industry of 1950s America and the subsequent offshoring of jobs in the following decades made for a nation whose economy and manufacturing became, well, naught. Documentary directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady of Jesus Camp turned their lenses on Detroit, Michigan, to study the effects of these "sound business practices." The result is Detropia, a beautifully heartbreaking film which examines both the hard and soft news of the city. Residents who remained steadfast in their goal to see the city through the economic downturn of 2008 and the vanishing automotive industry, as well as those who weren't as faithful, tell their stories against the backdrop of the once-booming town. The Webster Film Series screens Detropia at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday (October 12 through 14) in the Moore Auditorium on Webster University's campus (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/filmseries). Admission is $4 to $6.
Oct. 12-14, 2012