Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Raising Bertie

2016, Margaret Byrne, USA, 102 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 18th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Nov 18th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Nov 19th 8:00pm
  • Sun, Nov 20th 5:30pm
  • Mon, Nov 21st 8:00pm
  • Tue, Nov 22nd 6:00pm
  • Wed, Nov 23rd 8:00pm
First Chicago run! Filmmakers in person!

“Astounding and powerful.” — Bryn Gelbart, Indiewire

“Resonates powerfully with contemporary issues of racial inequality, educational opportunities and the Black Lives Matter movement.” — Glenn McDonald, News Observer

Six years in the making, this coming-of-age portrait of three young African American men in North Carolina’s rural Bertie County takes Reginald “Junior” Askew, David “Bud” Perry, and Davonte “Dada” Harrell from boyhood to manhood as their alternative school The Hive closes, opportunities diminish, and the three face challenges that variously include an incarcerated dad, broken homes, courtship and love, and early fatherhood. Produced by Chicago’s own internationally acclaimed Kartemquin Films (HOOP DREAMS, THE INTERRUPTERS), RAISING BERTIE movingly interconnects narratives of family, youthful innocence, struggles with systemic racism, poverty and unemployment, and the will to succeed in the face of formidable odds. DCP digital. (BS)

NOVEMBER 18 at 2:00 PM: Director Margaret Byrne will be present for audience discussion.

NOVEMBER 18 at 8:00 PM: Director Margaret Byrne, producer Ian Kibbe, executive producer Gordon Quinn, and editor Leslie Simmer will be present for audience discussion.

NOVEMBER 19 at 8:00 PM: Director Margaret Byrne, producer Ian Kibbe, and editor Leslie Simmer will be present for audience discussion.

NOVEMBER 20 at 5:30 PM: Director Margaret Byrne, producer Ian Kibbe, and editor Leslie Simmer will be present for audience discussion.

NOVEMBER 22 at 6:00 PM: Director Margaret Byrne, Anton Seals, and Ricardo Gamboa will be present for audience discussion moderated by Ines Sommer. The screening is presented by IFP Chicago.

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