THE ROAD UP follows four participants in Cara, a Chicago job-training program, as they struggle to find the path from rock bottom to stable employment.  Throughout, they are guided, goaded, and challenged by their impassioned mentor, Mr. Jesse, whose own complicated past compels him to help others find hope in the face of poverty, addiction, homelessness, and trauma.  Taken together, their stories create a powerful mosaic of the struggles that millions of Americans face every day in a precarious and unforgiving economy—the daunting and often interconnected challenges that prevent so many from joining the economic mainstream.  Because when everything behind you is wreckage, and everything in front is an obstacle, how do you find the road up?  (Description courtesy of Siskel/Jacobs Productions)