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This Is Not Chiraq

Produced as a TV pilot, this 2015 drama opens with a montage of Chicago's architectural gems, set to Sinatra singing "My Kind of Town," that seems more appropriate to a travel website. But the city's class and ethnic divisions become evident as the action shifts to several beleaguered south-side neighborhoods. A turf war between two street gangs heats up when the leader of the Black Hustlers (Eric Lane) is released from prison and returns home, just as the head of the Spanish Angels (José Santiago) draws flak for botching a million-dollar cash drop. How ordinary, law-abiding citizens navigate their relationships with these gangbangers differentiates the movie from other crime stories, and the ex-con's decision to start a Cease Fire-type organization adds local flavor. Lawrence Lee Wallace directed.

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