Oak Parker Steve James’ latest docuseries, “City So Real,” aired on the National Geographic Channel on Oct. 29. The five episodes started streaming on Hulu on Oct. 30.
The documentary is technically about Chicago’s historic 2019 mayoral election, but the star of the show is the city and its people. And as with James’ Oak Park and River Forest High School focused “America to Me,” one of the most powerful things about this film is how James allows the people in it to reveal themselves — or rather, they allow him to see their vulnerabilities.
“It has deepened my understanding of just what a complex and passionate place this is,” James told ABC7. “If I’ve gotta live any place in America, I would rather it be Chicago.”