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Director: Davy Rothbart | Producer: Alex Turtletaub, Michael Clark, Marc Turtletaub, Rachel Dengiz | Editor: Jennifer Tiexiera | Composer: Nick Urata | Cinematographer: Zachary Shields | USA / 2019 / 96 min

Davy Rothbart in attendance.

About the Film

In 1999, nine-year-old Emmanuel and his family began to film their lives in Washington, DC. Though they live just 17 blocks from the U.S. Capitol, their dangerous neighborhood is a world away, plagued with poverty, addiction, gangs, and gun violence. Befriended by filmmaker and journalist Davy Rothbart, the family continue to document their experiences over the next two decades, together constructing an affecting, deeply intimate portrait of love and loss.

About the Filmmaker
Davy Rothbart is the creator of Found Magazine, a frequent contributor to public radio's This American Life, and the author of a book of personal essays, My Heart Is An Idiot, and a collection of stories, The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He writes regularly for GQ Magazine and, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Believer. He co-directed the music documentary Rise Against: Generation Lost. Rothbart is also the founder of Washington II Washington, an annual hiking adventure for inner-city kids. He lives between Los Angeles, California and his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Film Information

Section Feature Film
Type Documentary

Screening Information

Ticket Price $16.00
Date 06/22, 6:15PM
Venue Bennett Hall
Address 62 Centre Street
Date 06/23, 8:00PM
Venue Dreamland Studio
Address 17 South Water Street