City So Real: Steve (“Hoop Dreams”) James’ 5-Part Docu (NatGeo

Steve James 5-Part Documentary Premiere this Fall on NatGeo 

In the five-part documentary series CITY SO REAL, Oscar-nominated documentarian Steve James (America to MeHoop Dreams) presents a complex portrait of Chicago, America’s third-largest metropolis and his longtime hometown.

The series begins in the mid-summer of 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.

As a result, 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.

Relying on 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 harsh, gritty yet loving and compassionate depiction of a quintessentially American city that is at once fiercely unique and a microcosm of the country as a whole.

Directed by: Steve James (America to MeHoop Dreams)
Produced by: Zak Piper (Life ItselfThe Interrupters), Steve James