FILM OF THE MONTH: Detropia & Please Vote for Me

October 1, 2020

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Cecília Tümler

In a bit more than one month from now, citizens of the world’s biggest economy, the USA, will choose their next president. To bring the American economy and the importance of democracy to the discussion, especially this month, two documentaries are now available online for free. Award-winning titles, the films are part of THE WHY Foundation’s Film of The Month project.

Originally released as part of the WHY STORIES and WHY DEMOCRACY? Series, the films “Detropia” and “Please Vote for Me'' will be online until the end of October. “These are two great films to comprehend democracy, a fundamental understanding prior to the important upcoming elections”, explains Mette Hoffmann Meyer, THE WHY’s CEO.

Detropia” - a portrait of the economic decline of the city of Detroit - is a 2012 film directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. With the long-term changes in the automobile industry, Detroit’s residents are affected and a dystopian scenario takes shape, resembling the circumstances of the U.S in 2020. “Please Vote for Me”,  follows a mini-experiment in democracy with the first ever elections for class monitor in a 3rd grade class in the city of Wuhan, China. The film invites for a serious examination of the challenges of democratization not only in China, but around the world. 

The films can be accessed at THE WHY’s YouTube channel.

Check out the award list of “Detropia” and “Please Vote for Me”.

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