Episode 122: Detroit

January 23, 2018

Detroit is a 2017 American period crime drama film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal. Based on the Algiers Motel incident during Detroit's 1967 12th Street Riot, the film's release commemorated the 50th anniversary of the event. The film stars John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jason Mitchell, John Krasinski and Anthony Mackie.

The film is a depiction of the 12th street riots' beginning and then pivots to the specific events inside the Algiers Motel and the subsequent trial that followed. Dealing with the physical as well as, psychological damage that is inflicted on these teenagers who find themselves being blamed for shooting at the military and local police. Issues of racial injustice, police brutality, character assassinations, and more are peppered throughout the film. The hosts discuss not only the film but the controversies and criticisms that surrounded it.