FMTV - Urban Roots

Urban Roots

Runtime: 92m 10s | Release date: 2011

Urban Roots is a documentary that tells the story of the spontaneous emergence of urban farming in the city of Detroit. Detroit, once an industrial powerhouse of a lost American era, is a city devastated by the loss of half its population due to the collapse of manufacturing. By the looks of it, the city has died. But now, against all odds, in the empty lots, in the old factory yards, and in-between the sad, sagging blocks of company housing, seeds of change are taking root. With the most vacant lots in the country, citizens are reclaiming their spirits by growing food. The people of Detroit have taken on the enormous task of changing this for themselves, and to understand their story is to understand how we can change it for us all.

Urban Roots is a story that reveals that the best in us can prevail in the most difficult of times; and in the most difficult of places, new hope can emerge. This growing movement of urban farmers is changing the way people think about food and life in the "D". It took men like Henry Ford, William Durant, and Lee Iacocca to build this city, but it's taken a bunch of strong-willed self-taught urban farmers to save it.

Featuring:

Greg Willerer
Doug Bennet
Dennis Archer
Matt Allen
Paul Weertz
Jerry Herron
Andrew Kemp

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Maarten Roos | 2 months, 4 weeks ago
Good film, thanks FMTV for putting this content on. Does anyone have more information about the current state of affaiirs in Michigan? I lived near Detroit for 1.5 years in 2016-2017, the film is from 2011 (probably the interviews from 2010), so what has changed, or improved? I was buying into a local farmer's scheme picking up fresh harvest every week, I loved it.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 2 months, 4 weeks ago
Happy to hear you loved the film Maarten! To better assist you with your enquiry, we would suggest getting in touch with the filmmaker directly here: https://www.collectiveeye.org/pages/contact. Hope this helps 🌷 ~ Iris
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Gillian | 1 year ago
what a great documentary - thanks!
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Gillian | 1 year ago
I've been watching what's been happening in Detroit for decades, as my aunt and uncle have lived there since the 50s, so I've seen it in boom and bust. What's been rising from the ashes is brilliant!
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Julie Every | 1 year ago
Thanks for showing this. An inspiring story of community and its benefits.
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 1 year ago
You are most welcome, Julie :) ~ Pauline
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Julie Every | 1 year ago
Thanks for showing this. An inspiring story of community and its benefits.
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Karelle | FMTV | 1 year ago
You're most welcome, Julie! We appreciate your beautiful words. :) ~ Karelle
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Lynne Kay | 1 year ago
So inspiring! Thank you :)
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Karelle | FMTV | 1 year ago
Thank you for watching, Lynne! :) ~ Karelle
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