An American story. Detroit, summer of 1967. An African-American riot is violently suppressed by the police and the army. Shot in a documentary style full of tension, the film involves the audience totally, a tribute to its effectiveness. The film Detroit, by Kathryn Bigelow, is divided into three parts and preceded by a brief prologue that summarizes the historical context of the facts that are taken into consideration.
The spark that starts a fire
In the years following the First World War, Detroit and its northwest industrial district welcomed a massive wave of internal immigration of African-Americans. These men, women and children were fleeing the cotton fields of the South and looking for a quality of life suited to their condition as free people, by working in factories, and the recognition of their civil rights.