Dismantling Detroit is a part of The New York Times' OP-DOCS series, a forum for short, opinionated documentaries, produced with creative latitude by independent filmmakers and artists.

There are not many characters as fascinating as the city of Detroit. Once heralded as the birthplace of the middle class, Detroit is now populated by the remnants of a better time. "Scrappers" make a living by illegally casing old buidlings for valuable metals. The young men in this scene not only recognize their role as the "clean up crew", but also their place in an unforgiving food chain.

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This OP-DOC takes scenes from the documentary DETROPIA.

DIRECTORS
Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

PRODUCER
Craig Atkinson

EDITOR
Enat Sidi

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Tony Hardmon

ORIGINAL SCORE
Dial.81
Music written and performed by Blair French

VOICES
Thomas L. Friedman
Michael Mandelbaum
Cornel West

SERIES PRODUCER AND CURATOR
Jason Springarn-Koff / The New York Times