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City So RealCity So Real

TV14Documentaries • Political • Black StoriesTV Series2020

Filmmaker Steve James’ complex portrait of contemporary Chicago delivers a deep, mult...more

Filmmaker Steve James’ complex portrait of contemporary Chicago d...More

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Season1
Welcome to Chicago
Episode 1

Welcome to Chicago

Incumbent Rahm Emanuel must choose whether to run for reelection against a large field of candidates in Chicago’s most contested mayor’s race.
Blood Sport
Episode 2

Blood Sport

The Laquan McDonald trial unfolds. With Rahm Emanuel now out of the race, a record 21 mayoral candidates submit their petitions to replace him.
With All Due Respect to the Candidate
Episode 3

With All Due Respect to the Candidate

During a cold Chicago winter, the petition process results in a mayoral ballot with 14 candidates; a verdict is reached in the Laquan McDonald trial.
If You Want to Break the Machine
Episode 4

If You Want to Break the Machine

No clear front-runner emerges in the historic mayoral race. Over a dozen candidates jockey for votes, culminating in a surprising outcome.
You Gotta Make It or You Gotta Take It
Episode 5

You Gotta Make It or You Gotta Take It

One year after the mayoral election, the mayor and residents must grapple with both the devastating COVID-19 pandemic and widespread social upheaval.
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About this Show

City So Real

Filmmaker Steve James’ complex portrait of contemporary Chicago delivers a deep, multifaceted look into the soul of a quintessentially American city.

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