Detropia, the documentary about Detroit that’s been gaining national attention, won a special jury prize for U.S. films at the Traverse City Film Festival on Saturday night.
Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady took home the award for making what the festival jury described as “a beautiful poem-like documentary” about Detroit’s economic struggles, and for conveying the hope that’s contained in the city with “the beauty of the cinematography, the use of music and by capturing the grit and creativity of Detroit’s people.”
The World Before Her was honored as best foreign film. It’s a documentary about women in India, told from the perspective of both a beauty pageant and a camp for women run by Hindu fundamentalists.
“Bidder 70” won for best U.S. film. The environmental documentary focuses on an activist who buys a huge chunk of land at an auction to save it from potential oil and gas development and the events that follow because he isn’t planning to pay for it.
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