Working in collaboration with award-winning documentary filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, Active Voice and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), the National League of Cities will offer an exclusive online screening of the acclaimed film DETROPIA. This private screening for city officials will be offered twice during April, first on Thursday, April 11th at 7:30pm ET and again on Tuesday, April 16th at 5pm ET. The video will be available on any Internet web-streaming device and will conclude with a moderated video panel discussion featuring views and opinions from Detroit residents, community leaders and officials in municipal government.
DETROPIA chronicles the impacts of global competition, changes in demographics, inadequate public and private sector policies and neighborhood deterioration in the City of Detroit. The film, however, speaks to a much wider audience of community leaders who are charged with decision- making to support local prosperity and quality of life.
Film is a dynamic medium for confronting and exploring complex issues. NLC’s use of film as part of its education programs has presented city and town leaders with the challenges of community inclusion (Welcome to Shelbyville), infrastructure investment (A Crack in the Pavement) and dynamic neighborhood initiatives (Gaining Ground). Films such as these, along with DETROPIA, offer local leaders the opportunity to launch provocative community conversations around basic issues of community life.
In the coming weeks, NLC will provide information about the website and the login code that municipal officials can use to access the broadcast. For more information, please visit the ITVS website.