At times, watching the film is like watching the ultimate American nightmare. It can be hard to believe it’s a documentary. . . .
“We love our magic bullets,” says Ewing, who is originally from the city, “but it’s not going to be a magic bullet that saves Detroit.”
The massive abandonment has invidious, far-reaching effects for the Detroiters who remain. Over the last year, there have been an average of 35 major fires a day in the city.