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Chicago documentary ‘City So Real’ sets local premiere at Davis Theatre in April

The four-part series from “America to Me” director Steve James, about the 2019 mayoral election and the Laquan McDonald murder, will be part of the Doc10 festival.

At the Sundance Film Festival screening of “City So Real” episodes, director Steve James (center) was joined by Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia and commentator Maze Jackson.
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“City So Real,” the high-profile documentary series about Chicago’s 2019 mayoral race and the murder of Laquan McDonald murder, will have its local premiere next month at the Doc 10 festival.

The four-episode, 260-minute series is scheduled for an 11 a.m. showing on April 19 at the Davis Theatre in Lincoln Square, followed by a Q&A with its Oscar-nominated director, Steve James (“Hoop Dreams,” “America to Me”).

That will be six weeks after the world premiere of the full series, which takes place Saturday at the True/False Festival in Columbia, Missouri.

Two episodes were screened at Utah’s Sundance Film Festival in January, where an Indiewire reviewer proclaimed the project “a flat-out must-see.”

There has been no announcement of a TV partner to air or stream the series. James’ previous production — “America to Me,” focusing on Oak Park-River Forest High School — played on Starz in 2018, but James has said that cable network isn’t interested in “City So Real.”

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