Following her looks at contemporary warfare with The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, director Kathryn Bigelow is heading back into the past to look at a different kind of battle – the riots that ripped through Detroit in 1967.
Although many outsiders saw Detroit as leading the way in desegregation in the 1960s, this covered up massive racial and social inequalities, and efforts to deal with some of these problems led to growing tension. That boiled over in July 1967 following a police raid on an unlicensed bar, leading to five days of riots that left 43 dead, 1189 injured and over 2000 buildings destroyed.
In the movie, John Boyega plays a security guard facing the issues with the police force, which has been desegregated but is still rife with bigotry and institutional racism. He then gets caught up in the events that overtake the city.
Take a look at the trailer below. The movie is due in cinemas in August. [Read more…]