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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Charm City

2018, Marilyn Ness, USA, 107 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Dec 14th 3:45pm
  • Fri, Dec 14th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 15th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Dec 16th 5:30pm
  • Mon, Dec 17th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Dec 18th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Dec 19th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Dec 20th 7:45pm
Chicago premiere!

“There’s plenty to make you catch your breath…Captures up close the way violence transforms neighborhoods and families with an immediacy that transcends headlines or sensationalism.”--Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

“Simultaneously harrowing and nuanced…a gripping film that deserves more exposure.”--Christian Gallichio, The Playlist

Baltimore’s rough inner city, where gunfire and violent death are everyday occurrences, is the setting for this searing documentary that follows the street-level path of an activist, a cop, and a firebrand city council member, each creating a sphere of influence in the urban war zone made notorious by "The Wire." Mr. C, a grizzled veteran of the streets who operates a homemade community center; Monique, a veteran cop from the neighborhood; and Brandon Scott, a young black council member with grassroots ideas, disseminate tough love and compassion, and ignite a small spark of hope, even as their own lives are shadowed by adversity and loss. Filming over three years, director Ness finds pathos, empathy, and a resolve to persevere in a city ravaged by drugs, murder, and gang warfare, while her camera finds incongruous moments of beauty, peace, and celebration. DCP digital. (BS)

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