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Curator Michelle Puetz opens this program of five films from the Chicago Film Archives with Chicago Is . . ., a borderline moronic promotional film apparently from the late 70s, and answers its insipid vision of an all-glitz city with four socially oriented documentaries. Mike Shea and Mike Gray's 1966 Urban Crisis Part 7: Cicero March provides frightening glimpses of racial bigotry during a civil rights march. J.L. McMullen's Tenement (1967) offers an affecting portrait of the residents of a building on South Ellis that shows how their passivity makes dealing with life a challenge. The gem here is John d'Anna's Just as I Am (1983), which follows four clients of the Pacific Garden Mission, the juxtaposition of their figures and their stories of addiction and homelessness in voice-over revealing their humanity. 95 min.

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