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The Big Payback

  •   Erika Alexander & Whitney Dow
  •   United States

In 2021, Evanston, Illinois became the first city in the United States to approve a reparations program for some of its Black residents. How did it get there? Captivating and urgent, The Big Payback follows the dramatic journey of rookie Alderman Robin Rue Simmons as she fights to redress the wrongs of “redlining” and the legacy of slavery. Filmmakers Erika Alexander (John Lewis: Good Trouble) and Whitney Dow (Two Towns of Jaspar) chart Simmons’ emotional and political path from the onset of the pandemic through the racial protests of 2020, as she faces detractors who criticize her legislation for doing too little and supporters who herald the bill as an important first step into the future. An inspiring story of the early signals of seismic change, one citizen and then one city at a time.

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Special Guests

Scheduled to attend: Directors Erika Alexander and Whitney Dow and subject Robin Rue Simmons


Film Sponsor

Logo: CMP 273x75

Documentary Sponsor

Logo: WTTW (2019)

Documentary Patron

Cynthia Stone Raskin

Event Information

Saturday, October 22, 2022

  •   92 minutes
Chicago History Museum
1601 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614 United States


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