'Chi Raq' by Will Robson-Scott screening tonight in Brooklyn

By - Friday, October 18th, 2013

If you’re familiar with the seminal graffiti-centric short films, Crack & Shine, then you’re likely aware that Will Robson-Scott produces some of the most aesthetically pleasing documentaries ever to grace the ‘net. His passion for capturing aspects of cultural themes that are often overlooked or marginalized led him to a partnership with Vans’ Offthewall.tv, which provided an outlet to share the work with a greater audience. Even with some measure of success, Robson-Scott has devoted himself to documenting topics without cluttering the narrative with his own opinions or views. In an interview with DNAinfo Chicago Robson-Scott said, “I didn’t want the film to be about my views, I wanted the subjects who live or have grown up in Chicago to tell their stories and give them a voice”. According to the film, 4,265 people have been killed in Chicago since 2001, 2½ times the number killed in Afghanistan in that time. The mission of the project was to shed light on the brutal, chaotic atmosphere that characterizes life in Chicago’s Southside and to explore its roots by sharing the indigenous narrative. Shot in full-HD and presented entirely in B&W, the 13 minutes of edited footage create an emotive portrait of the lives affected by this startling environment and captures them providing insight into their understanding of the motives and circumstances which have created this uniquely violent urban landscape. The film was created in conjunction with Protein TV, an arts and culture journal based out of New York City and London. To commemorate the release of the film, which has already been available for nearly 2 months on Vimeo, Protein is hosting a screening of the documentary tonight at 155 Grand St. in Brooklyn beginning at 8PM. RSVP required to: chiraq@prote.in.

Chi Raq by Will Robson-Scott from Protein® TV on Vimeo.

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