City So Real (episode 1) (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 59min

This four-hour series captures the city of Chicago at a pivotal moment as residents grapple with a divisive mayoral election alongside the trial of the police officer who killed teenager Laquan McDonald. Documenting the city from multiple vantages, _City So Real _highlights the experiences of candidates and citizens alike to consider how issues of race manifest across the political spectrum and in everyday lives. From barbershops and family reunions to political press events and street protests, director Steve James traverses the city’s many neighborhoods, entering public and private spaces with equal interest. The events unfolding in Chicago, and the many perspectives on them, more broadly represent a country at a crossroads where divisions between views and lived experiences hold society back from potential change. In this dynamic portrayal, the depiction of a volatile existence is fueled not by facts and statistics, but by individual voices. ST

Director

Steve James

Producer

Zak Piper

Producer

Steve James

Executive Producer

Jeff Skoll

Executive Producer

Diane Weyermann

Executive Producer

Alex Kotlowitz

Executive Producer

Gordon Quinn

Executive Producer

Betsy Steinberg

Executive Producer

Jolene Pinder

Editor

Steve James

Cinematographer

Jackson James

Cinematographer

Steve James

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