Cody High: A Life Remodeled Project
“Cody High: A Life Remodeled Project” focuses on the efforts of the impoverished Cody Rouge community in Detroit to pull together to provide safe pathways for children by removing blight and abandoned homes. In 2014, with the partnership of Life-Remodeled, a Detroit-focused non-profit organization, the Cody Rouge community rose up alongside over 10,000 volunteers to remodel three schools, tear down three burned-out houses, remodel 25 homes of students and their families, board up 254 vacant houses, and remove blight/create beauty on 303 blocks. “Cody High: A Life Remodeled Project” skillfully portrays the powerful stories of community members directly involved, and how their lives are being shaped as beacons of hope within the great city of Detroit.
“Cody High: A Life Remodeled Project” is a remarkable movie about remarkable people. The people of Detroit—construction workers, coaches, politicians, people from churches, people from all backgrounds—become involved to improve Cody Rouge in 2014. People help remodel a home for young wheelchair- bound Ebony and her mother, they clean up the neighborhood and paint and remove debris. One hundred blocks of city blight are transformed due to their efforts. To see Ebony’s response and her grateful spirit is alone worth watching this fine documentary.
This is a feel-good film of the best kind, because it is a documentary based on real life! Principal Johnathon Matthews of Cody High School speaks about the previous lack of involvement but how that profoundly changes. The graduation rate was below 40 percent, but it begins to climb due to the involvement of coaches and concerned parents and citizens of Detroit. Sports becomes more meaningful as the Hope football field is created for the local team. Hope is kindled in this wonderful film.
This movie has earned five Doves, our best rating. It is an inspiring and true story about a group of incredible, dedicated people.