“Exceptionalism is not a distinction that is bestowed and then lasts forever, like an honorary degree from a university…Exceptionalism must be earned everyday.” – Thomas Friedman
This film looks incredible. Like Bombay Beach, it is featuring the realities of American poverty, but also focuses on the power of individuals to create tangible impact in their communities. It seems like the film is fitting this particular year, as well, as the “culture of poverty” debate continues in American discourse and in the political grandstanding of the Republican primaries. Affecting poverty begins with understanding it, and understanding the needs of those trapped by it – something that politicians on both sides have seemingly failed to do. I sincerely hope that this film not only does justice to Detroit’s culture and history, but also to the people who are hard at work rebuilding Motor City.