‘City So Real’ Delivers A Complex Portrait Of Chicago – Watch The Trailer!

National Geographic - City So Real Trailer

National Geographic has released the official trailer for “City So Real,” their highly anticipated 5-part documentary series from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Steve James.

About The Documentary:

In the five-part documentary series from 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 2018 as Mayor Rahm Emanuel, embroiled in accusations of a cover-up related to the police shooting of an African American teenager, Laquan McDonald, 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. 

The final episode of the series picks up a year after the mayoral election in 2020, as the city simultaneously grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and the widespread social upheaval following the police killing of George Floyd. An already fractured city is further divided by the economic, political, and social fallout, which plays out on the city streets as police clash with protesters, bringing rise to a generational moment that promises to change the city forever. In candid interviews with residents throughout the city, the series captures 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 ⎯ and our world ⎯ as a whole.

Premiere Date:

October 29, 2020

Watch The Trailer:

City So Real” will air in an unprecedented one-night, five-hour, commercial-free event on Thursday, October 29 beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT. All five episodes will then be available on Hulu the following day – Friday, October 30. 

Special thanks to Nat Geo for my promotional gift box! I love it!

I will definitely be tuned in to watch this very necessary documentary. How about you?

Visit CitySoReal.Film for more scoop.


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