Detroit barber Roberto keeps the spirit of Motown alive in his funky barber shop despite the city’s decline since the collapse of the car industry.
Detroit, the city where General Motors, Ford and Chrysler were once the major employers, was declared bankrupt in 2013 after decades of decline. Over a million citizens left the city and ‘Motown’ soon became ‘Ghost town’. Yet, against the backdrop of urban decay, a few die-hards stubbornly keep their businesses running. One of them is barber Roberto, who used to be the hairstylist to many Motown artists. In his barber shop the old spirit is still alive. Soul music blares from his jukebox and his customers, mostly over 70, swear by the glam Chuck Berry hairdo. ‘Barber Shop Detroit’ tells a story of nostalgia and pride against a background of economic recession and reveals how the past can help people get through the present. Or as a customer explains: ‘If you take care of your hair, your hair will take care of you’
Catch, Barber Shop Detroit, 19th July 2017 at 7:30 pm on Aljazeera Channel 50.