We All We Got (2014)
Directed by Carlos Javier Ortiz
Filmmaker and documentary photographer Carlos Javier Ortiz will screen his short documentary We All We Got, followed by a conversation with the artist.
We All We Got captures the poetic language of the streets: police helicopters flying over the city, music popping out of cars, people talking shit on the street corners, ambulances on the run, and preachers hollering for the violence to stop after another young man is senselessly gunned down in the streets of Chicago.
In the context of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the country’s recent focus on youth violence, police brutality, poverty and marginalized communities, We All We Got is an elegy of urban America. The film is an intimate portrait of people affected by violence: including community activists, kids, and cops. It navigates the tragedy and persistence of families impacted by violence, the perseverance of affected families, and the outpouring support of local leaders and residents who highlight these social issues in Chicago.
Sponsored by the Snite Museum of Art, the Civil Rights Heritage Center at IUSB, the Center for Social Concerns, Africana Studies, American Studies, and Multicultural Student Programs and Services.