City Hall (2020)

  • Main Slate
  • 4h 32m
  • USA
Available Sep 25, 8:00 PM ET

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Nonagenarian national treasure Frederick Wiseman returns with another kaleidoscopic look at the function and practice of community, policy, and civic engagement in shaping Americans’ everyday lives. This time, Wiseman trains his gaze on the inner workings of the city of Boston, taking viewers into the public and backroom discussions that can either inspire or stall municipal action. As in such recent works of penetrative institutional analysis as At Berkeley and In Jackson Heights, Wiseman shows—without editorializing or casting broadsides—a country’s steps toward inclusivity and social reform, as well as the entrenched systems that keep progress in relative check. Wiseman’s top-down approach to representing governmental function speaks to the multicultural and immigrant communities and businesses of Boston’s neighborhoods and suburbs, while also standing in for the whole of a nation constantly wrestling with its legacy and debating its future. A Zipporah Films release.

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Bonus Content

58th New York Film Festival Trailer

review 25 days of the best in world cinema.

City Hall Intro

An introduction by Eugene Hernandez and director Frederick Wiseman.

City Hall Q&A

A conversation between Eugene Hernandez and director Frederick Wiseman.

HBO Documentary Films

Special thanks to HBO, the presenting partner of NYFF58 documentaries.

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