City So Real

Available until June 24 - Includes Q&A

No Longer Available

Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2020
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Deep Dive
Film Subjects:America
Black Cultures & Issues
Politics & Political Intrigue
Race & Multiculturalism
Urban Cultures & Issues
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Steve James
Producer(s):Zak Piper
Steve James
Executive Producer(s):Jeff Skoll
Diane Weyermann
Alex Kotlowitz
Gordon Quinn
Betsy Steinberg
Jolene Pinder
Editor(s):David E. Simpson
Steve James
Cinematography:Jackson James
Steve James
Composer:Will Miller and Resavoir


Deep Dive: Digging deep into stories that matter

In the four-part miniseries City So Real, Oscar®-nominated documentarian Steve James delivers a fascinating and complex portrait of Chicago, the USA’s third-largest metropolis and his longtime hometown. The series begins in the haze of midsummer, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel, embroiled in accusations of a coverup related to the police shooting of a Black teenager, shocks the city by announcing he won’t seek re-election. An unprecedented 21 candidates emerge in a diverse and crowded field as they engage in a no-holds-barred battle for a chance to shape the city’s uncertain future. In candid interviews with residents throughout the city, from South Side barber shops to luxurious Lake Shore Drive highrises, James, producer Zak Piper and their team capture Chicago’s indomitable spirit as well as its seemingly insurmountable challenges. City So Real is a gritty and loving depiction of a quintessentially American city that is at once fiercely unique and a microcosm of the nation as a whole.

This film includes a pre-recorded Q&A.

City So Real and Q&A presented with support from U.S. Consulate General of Toronto
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