Join IFP Chicago at the screening of fellow member Margaret Byrne's documentary feature RAISING BERTIE on Tuesday, November 22; 6pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The film recently celebrated a sold out Chicago premiere at the Chicago International Festival. A Q&A with Byrne will follow, moderated by IFP Chicago board member, Ines Sommer.
Six years in the making, this coming-of-age portrait of three young African American men in North Carolina's rural Bertie County takes Reginald "Junior" Askew, David "Bud" Perry, and Davonte "Dada" Harrell from boyhood to manhood as their alternative school The Hive closes, opportunities diminish, and the three face challenges that variously include an incarcerated dad, broken homes, courtship and love, and early fatherhood.
Produced by Chicago's own internationally acclaimed Kartemquin Films (HOOP DREAMS, THE INTERRUPTERS), RAISING BERTIE movingly interconnects narratives of family, youthful innocence, struggles with systemic racism, poverty and unemployment, and the will to succeed in the face of formidable odds.
"Astounding and powerful." - Bryn Gelbart, Indiewire
Tuesday, November 22; 6pm
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60601