City So Real


In the four-part miniseries City So Real, Oscar®-nominated documentarian Steve James (America to Me, Hoop Dreams) delivers a fascinating and complex portrait of Chicago, America’s third- largest metropolis and his longtime hometown. The series begins in the haze of mid-summer, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel, embroiled in accusations of a cover-up related to the police shooting of an African-American teenager, shocks the city by announcing he won’t seek reelection. 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 high-rises, 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.

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Director: Steve James

Producers: Zak Piper, Steve James

Cinematographers: Jackson James, Steve James

Executive Producers: Diane Weyermann, Jeff Skoll, Alex Kotlowitz, Gordon Quinn, Betsy Steinberg, Jolene Pinder

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