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'Detroit' or 50 years of racism in Hollywood

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'Detroit' or 50 years of racism in Hollywood

Kathryn Bigelow-signing a film about racial tensions americans of 60 in a present that revive old ghosts

In 1967, when in cinema, projected Guess who's coming to dinner and In heat of night, streets of several U.s. cities burned. Literally. Were recorded up to 16 racial unrest. Some of m, like one that took place last week of July in Detroit, is among most brutal in history of country. In se five sizzling days and nights, killed 43 people and 1,200 were injured.

The looting and riots were taking place and tanks were taking to neighborhoods. All compounded by structural racism, that explains massacres as one that occurred in Algiers Motel: believing that inside was hiding a sniper, three white police officers decided to play with lives of eleven black men and two white women. All innocent.

The reconstruction of those facts makes up stunning central block of Detroit, latest film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, come to Spain 15 of September and has already attracted some misgivings, if not open criticism, between african-american community. That reluctance is because Bigelow is not interested in both context of struggle for civil rights, but blood of those who suffered for being in worst place at worst time. Pure terror.

As it happened with hurt locker and The night more dark, vibrant approaches to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Detroit emerges from a journalistic investigation of screenwriter, Mark Boal, to try to reproduce what happened with help of witnesses and some of survivors, a hyper-realism that Bigelow supports inserting images from file and using a camera is always restless, stuck to characters.

Detroit-shares with In heat of night a fevered pitch and a certain rawness. As in Guess who's coming to dinner, although with logical differences, raises difficulty that it had in american society to understand that a white girl to feel attracted to a black boy. In two titles, Sidney Poitier, first black star of Hollywood, exercised a model of integration: a man above reproach, and something presumptuous that is capable of winning white despite color of ir skin. Until n, except for honorable exceptions, in Hollywood, me was underground, if not outright segregation.

alleged allegations of racism directed by filmmakers white people were blamed to be films that work as a balm for guilt white. Melvin Van Peebles, Spike Lee and John Singleton were commissioned to provide or side of coin, from point of view of neighborhoods and african american population to sign milestones of cinema made by and for blacks.

after Half a century, no recent film has managed to show cultural division and social of country as it has Let me go, that offers an allegory of racial prejudice in key of terror.

The tensions are still very present. Follow police abuses that are discharged with impunity, incidents like one in Charlottesville and a president who flirts with supremacists.

"The story needed to see light of day," says Bigelow, a Variety. "I hope to come out a dialog of this film to humanize a situation that often seems abstract." That is why he has made Detroit.


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