Doc Shorts: Kartemquin Films’ Gordon Quinn
SLIFF honors Gordon Quinn with the Maysles Brothers Lifetime Achievement Award in Documentary. Quinn is co-founder of the Chicago documentary collective Kartemquin Films, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Consistently focused on issues of racial and social justice, Kartemquin is responsible for such films as “Hoop Dreams” and “The Interrupters.” This year's fest features two additional Kartemquin films, "No Crossover" and "Raising Bertie."
Film CategoryHuman Rights Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Mean Streets: Viewing the Divided City Through the Lens of Film and Television Race in America: The Black Experience Shorts Competition
SubjectAfrican American Class Issues Human Rights
Mean Streets is a program of The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative. With the support of the Mellon Foundation, Washington U.’s Center for the Humanities, in partnership with the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design, is engaged in a four-year initiative called The Divided City, which addresses one of the most persistent and vexing issues in urban studies: segregation.
This work-in-progress chronicles the Chicago School boycott of 1963, when more than 200,000 Chicagoans, mostly CPS students, marched to protest the segregationist policies of CPS Superintendent Benjamin Willis.
Gang members, Vietnam vets, and young factory workers from Chicago's neighborhoods tell of their personal experience with racism: who gets hurt and who profits.
Winnie Wright, Age 11
Winnie, the daughter of a steelworker and a teacher, lives in Gage Park, a Chicago neighborhood that is changing from white to black. Her family struggles with racism, inflation, and a threatened strike, as Winnie learns what it means to grow up white, working class, and female.