A new film screening at the Black Harvest Film Festival this month explores what life is like in one of the deadliest neighborhoods in Chicago.
Englewood (The Growing Pains in Chicago) follows one year in the lives of three Englewood teens and the life choices that forever change them. The fictional story centers on the friendship of three young men growing up in the South Side community.
Director William L. Cochran, who stars as one of the teens, D-Money, charts their differences and commonalities, and how they change during their last year in school. D-Money, the film’s narrator, is a typical street hustler. Josh is the school’s basketball star; a good-looking ladies’ man with eyes on college hoops and pro ball. Calvin is a sincere, ace student who attends church every week and helps in the community.
Despite their differences, the friends have much in common – all suffer from dysfunction and tragedy at home.
Englewood made real-life headlines again the weekend of Aug. 11 and 12 when gunshots rang out, wounding six men in three separate incidents. The victims were all in their 20s and 30s. In 2011, more murders were committed there than any other area in the city, even as Chicago’s overall murder rate dropped.
Englewood (The Growing Pains in Chicago) is showing on Friday, Aug 17, at 8:30 p.m. and Thursday Aug 23 at 8:15 p.m., at The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. (www.siskelfilmcenter.org).