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This course is a rare opportunity for University of Michigan students to learn to use film to engage Detroit and its future from personal, political, and historical perspectives. Over a semester, we simultaneously think, learn, and imagine Detroit through music, dance, anthropology, art, theater, architecture, literature, history, night life, day life, school life, social life, and life after school. We read, we write, and we learn how to make films with the help of award winning filmmakers from Berlin and an anthropology professor from the University of Michigan. We also approach Detroit from the perspectives of race, gender, sexuality, wealth, democracy, urban life, suburban life, the automobile industry, job prospects, creative projects, emergency management, and the future. In thinking about the future, we think about the extent to which Detroit is representative of American futures more broadly, and to what extent it is the exception. We also examine Detroit’s place in the world. How does it compare to Mumbai in India, Johannesburg in South Africa, and to Berlin in Europe? This project is a collaboration between young people from Detroit and students from the University of Michigan. It ends in public screenings in Ann Arbor and Detroit. The point of the project is not only to teach participants the skills required for filmmaking, ethnography, and critical analysis of urban landscapes, but also to teach them how to distribute their work to a broader audience. Distribution is a key aspect of filmmaking.