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Ep161: BERTIE Lives Matter

This week, Ian talks with co-writer/director Margaret Byrne and producer Ian Robertson Kibbe about their new documentary, Raising Bertie, which plays this Sunday at the Chicago International Film Festival. The movie centers on three African-American teens living in Bertie, North Carolina. Over the course of six years, they struggle with issues of family, school, and dire economic circumstances--all the while living in the shadow of the county's twenty-seven prisons.

Ian chats with the filmmakers about getting the project off the ground; how Raising Bertie fits into the national conversation on race; and the challenges of remaining objective when studying people for more than half a decade.

Also, Ian reminds listeners of some cool upcoming events, such as the Music Box Theatre's November 11th screening of Manos: The Hands of Fate, and Dr. A.C.'s Scare-a-Thon, which benefits the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Episode 161 is all about Raising Bertie and raising awareness!

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