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Charm City is a movie starring Dante Barksdale, Tre'a Bertrille, and Ericcka Bridgeford. During three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore, CHARM CITY delivers an unexpectedly candid, observational portrait of those left on...

Running Time
1 hours 48 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary
Director
Marilyn Ness
Actors
Ericcka Bridgeford, Tre'a Bertrille, Monique Brown, Dante Barksdale
Country
USA
Year
2018
Audio Languages
日本語, اللغة_العربية, English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
Japanese, اللغة_العربية, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

During three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore, CHARM CITY delivers an unexpectedly candid, observational portrait of those left on the frontlines. With grit, fury, and compassion, a group of police, citizens, and government officials grapple with the consequences of violence and try to reclaim their future.

Comments about documentary «Charm City» (21)

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Eric Day

Wonderful and thoughtful look at how the media promotes 'nice' celebrities, all the while having them cover up their own unsavory actions and inactions. Explores the broader implications of such a media influence. The picture above is a nice example. On one side you have a young, sexy star of the show "Gossip Girl", on the other you have an actress who co-stars in a show "Walking Dead" with those same actors. The latter, of course, is the actual famous person and the "Gossip Girl" star has a double role, as a journalist who comes to interview her for her blog, and as an actual superhero. You can see where this is going, so I wouldn't say it's as deep as it would like to be. Nevertheless, the character of the journalist, played by the much older Angelina Jolie, is compelling and worth the look. I really enjoyed it. The big revelation was that the actor who plays the superhero character in the show, a man named John Constantine, has actually been in the game for over twenty years. I never knew that. It's so odd and shows how the media looks at character's lives, their family and friends, and not so much at their ability as an individual. Definitely worth the watch for what it is.

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Bruce B.

Charm City was a movie about a group of people in Boston who face some personal and financial challenges because they are trying to stay on top of their lives while taking care of their two children. One of the main characters, Marisa Tomei (Rosario Dawson), is a single mother trying to raise her children while trying to stay on top of her job. Despite the challenges, Tomei and her husband manage to go to work on time, and pay their bills. Her husband, Gabriel (Oscar Isaac), is the author of the book that the movie was based on. In the beginning of the movie, Gabriel works in his office, and there is no one to help him with his work. He spends his days struggling with what's going on, and trying to figure out how to meet his son's needs. When his son turns three years old, his father goes back to work and works in his old job as a scientist. Then, the movie shifts to Tomei and her son, and Tomei's friend, whom she feels her life is falling apart, too. It is clear that they are struggling, and not everybody is getting along, and that a change is needed. We also get to know other families in the city who struggle to find work, and even finding housing. This film was shot in Boston in a beautiful and haunting way. It was also edited very well. My only complaint about this film is the very end. The ending feels like they just didn't have enough time to get through it. But the movie was very interesting, and I would definitely recommend it.

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Zachary C.

I have been in touch with John Boyd, a real life and local Beatle who was the guitarist for the band Sgt Pepper and the greatest guitarist of all time. I would recommend this documentary to everyone, if not for their own personal interest and more to give a historical perspective. It also gives insight into the dark days of the Beatles and how it affected their lives, and how they tried to do their best to be accepted in their community and not just be part of it. As a musician and an artist, I have always admired the musicians of the Beatles and the rest of the bands, especially the Beatles. I felt like I knew them through the music. The documentary is beautifully put together, with a lot of inside information about the history and the people involved. It is a great insight into the Beatles, who many people either do not know or do not remember, and how a group of kids (or at least members of the group) made a very humble and long lasting impact on the world. In the documentary, we also see the relationship between the Beatles and their followers, who were extremely supportive and began to remember them. We also see the difficulties of being a member of the band, and how they had to keep their record company from getting into them, which caused them to go through a lot of problems with it. All of the songs that the Beatles wrote, played, and recorded were still very popular and recorded. Many Beatles fan were also big fans of the music they were listening to, and they were very sad to see it go. It also shows us what the band's life was like in their early days, and how hard they worked and how hard they tried to keep it together. Even if they had a big group of followers, it is very difficult to keep a group together, especially when the people in the group are growing apart. The group also had a hard time with being a band, and dealing with having all the members die. It is very interesting to see how a group of extremely popular musicians dealt with their death. Although John Lennon died, Paul McCartney and George Harrison were still together and had a lot of issues to deal with. Many people still claim that the Beatles are the greatest band ever. While this documentary does not provide any historical facts, it does give a lot of insight into the Beatles, and how they were, and still are, influential to so many people. It is also very nice to see that John Lennon's death affected the group, and the relationship with the rest of the band, and that they also had to deal with how their fans were reacting to their passing. The documentary also gives a great view of how the Beatles developed and changed during their time together, and how they each became the best thing to happen to them. In the end, it is the Beatles who are the biggest influence on pop culture. They started a band, they influenced millions, and they made the music and popular culture so popular and well known. The documentary is great for people who are not just interested in the Beatles, but also interested in the music and culture of the Beatles.

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Sandra D.

Why does this movie have such a low rating? Surely this is a good documentary to watch, but there are a couple of things that are very clear to me. 1. If this is what the earth is doing, that's not a good thing, the planet would not need the asteroids. 2. The filmmakers are saying that the oceans will be safe in another couple of million years or so. But in 20 years, there is a big chance that the ocean will be dead, because what I saw was a dead ocean, in an ice age, and that's not good for the ocean. This is one of the worst predictions that I have ever seen.

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Karen

For those who have not heard about the film, there are two ways of looking at this film. You can either believe in the power of the great communes of the old world to bring people together and transform people in the name of a common good or you can look at it as a self-serving film to prove a point about American culture and a Hollywood agenda. I choose the latter. The film looks at communes around the world, a small group in the heart of the American Midwest that mostly operates out of a church and sends its people into communities of varying sizes, ethnicities, and sexual orientations to get out the vote. These groups have been around for a long time and are seen as the ultimate social experiment, so to speak, an experiment in what we would like to have instead of what we have. It is no accident that they are all Christian and all have a message for everyone. As the film starts, we learn that these people have one main purpose, to vote with their feet. They have been getting their members together to work together in groups to elect candidates for local school board and town councils to represent their area. They know what the kids are thinking and how to get their friends and neighbors to vote for the candidates they feel they want. Then the film takes us to the East Coast, where we see how these people are looking at their city, the country, and the world. The most striking thing is how these people see it. These people are down to earth, like people out of an episode of "Survivor." They are down to earth in their personal relationships. They are looking at their lives from a different angle than the people in New York. They are looking at the world from a different point of view than the people in Washington. There is a terrific scene where the people in the village where this film is filmed meet a journalist in order to see how they think the media is portrayed. The man has written a book, "Good Times, Bad Times," and he seems to think that the media is the problem in the United States. He asks the villagers how they feel about the current state of the United States, and they give him the finger. He takes their anger out on the media and how they are not being honest and calling them liars, but the village knows what he is talking about. The film ends with a statement that the communes of the old world are falling apart and that we are in danger of losing our values and not be able to lead our lives as the old world did. The villagers here know it but the journalists know nothing about the new world that is emerging. You really have to be an expert to understand this film and the underlying message.

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Mark G.

This film was released to cinemas in February 2004 and was the first feature length film from documentary film maker Chris Bell. Bell tells us the story of the Jamaican women of Diamond District and how they overcame the poverty and discrimination in the 70's and 80's by being a full participant in the strike against the British, their children and friends, and the government. I was very fortunate to see this film in Trinidad and Tobago at the public exhibition. The film was beautifully made with lots of great music and some very moving scenes. In the beginning, the documentary style was great and very entertaining. The story was about these women and how they overcame some very difficult times in their lives. The documentary style was excellent and the sound was great. The music, filmed in a beautiful Jamaican setting, is extremely moving and it added a lot to the emotional and moving scenes. I highly recommend this documentary film to anyone interested in how women overcame the poverty and discrimination in the 70's and 80's, and the legacy of slavery and colonialism.

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Karen M.

I had never heard of this film until I saw a news clip on TV. I'm glad I watched it! I liked the way it showed how the people of the U.S.A. are struggling to survive, even with the economy and climate changes. The actors were amazing. The story of the film was also inspiring and made me feel that I really have a responsibility to do something about our situation and the world we live in. Overall, this is a great film. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that wants to learn more about the effects of the things we do in our everyday lives.

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Timothy

Funny and touching documentary about the building of the Eiffel Tower, the social impact of the opening, and the rise of the Japanese in the building of the Eiffel Tower. The movie was well produced, and the images of Paris were beautiful. It was also inspiring and was not as dull as it was made out to be. It is a great way to watch a documentary. The only thing I found a bit lacking was a bit of explanation of the Japanese occupation. I understand that the United States is not a country that was sympathetic with the Japanese, but the Japanese was definitely treated poorly.

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Judy G.

I saw this film at the San Francisco International Film Festival and was blown away. I've been a fan of Seattle music since I was in high school. I've always enjoyed the unique sound that my old musical school gave us, and the unique way my music is represented in our city. It was a joy to see this documentary. I had a good time and was really impressed with the Seattle music community. The music is great, the film is great, the cast is great, and the best part is that Seattle is showing some real talent in this film. I hope more films like this are made. Seattle deserves better.

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Julie

I have recently acquired a copy of this film from an old friend. I went to see it on my own as I felt that my own life was going pretty well at the time. When I left the theatre I did not feel like I had lived, I felt like I was going to die. I was just as tired as the people in the audience. This film is well-crafted, I would recommend it to anyone. I think it is well-executed and works on all levels. The acting is superb. The writing is engaging and it is very well-told. The documentary style is effective and creates a real feel of unease. The film is highly thought-provoking and should be watched for people with an open mind. It is a film that will put you in the mindset of someone in a similar position.

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Michelle W.

If you think you've seen it all, watch this one. A somewhat unconventional (albeit simple) doco, this film is a bit behind the scenes look at the current plight of animals on the streets of the UK. One thing I didn't expect was the footage of chimp prancing around, trying to get away from an owner. I didn't even realize it was chimp until I watched the credits roll. It's a little different than your regular doco, and quite interesting. I watched it with some mates who were also interested in the subject. I still can't quite get over the obvious "feline look" of the animals, and the fact that they live under the streets in shantytowns. I've never seen an animal I've liked more as a companion, and they're so much better looking than I'd expected.

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Maria

Very few documentaries about a country in turmoil have ever made me cry. "Charm City" is one of them. The people in the film are not just a story, they are living people. Their lives have been affected by the corruption of the drug war, the government's failure to care for them, the corruption of the justice system, and a society that only rewards bad people. The film takes you inside the lives of the people of Charm City. It gives you a sense of what it's like to live in a city where the crime rate is twice the national average, where a child has to rely on their parents to make it to school. The film shows you how the people in Charm City are being hit by the system, how they can no longer afford to live, how they must rely on their neighbors to help them. The film makes you feel so bad for the people in Charm City that you can't help but feel bad for the people of the United States, where it seems that every day they have a new story about the government's failures. This film reminds you of how a country can have a thriving economy, a society that cares for the people, but when the people are not being properly cared for, the economy crumbles. This film is a must-see for anyone who wants to know more about the drug war and its effects on American society. It is a must-see for anyone who wants to know why the drug war is not working, because the drug war is failing. This is a film that should be seen by everyone, not just by Americans.

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Brandon Salazar

I am proud to have a student of mine who got into the NID. It is truly a beautiful thing that we can achieve these goals. Thank you to those who worked so hard to put this documentary together. You have truly done something for the students of the NID. A very long way from the school. I am happy to see that the NID has come full circle. We will keep going, and hopefully we can achieve our dreams of being a NID. Thank you to all of you who have worked so hard to make this happen. We are a proud NID.

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Adam W.

This documentary tells us about an event that took place in 2006. It tells the story about the Museum of Chocolate in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. During a parade, the fans, spectators and the ambassador of the Chocolate Factory, came to honor the memory of their leader, the great producer of chocolate, Maxim Urits. The monument and the chocolate factory are burned down in fire, and then the movie start. In the movie, we see all the preparations of the giant chocolate factory. People who knew the people and the animals. Then, we have the video and pictures of the fans and the people who loves the chocolate. The scientist who gave the secret of the production of chocolate in this factory, told about it in this film. Then, we see the animals and the scientists. Then, we see the workers who work in the factory. In the end, we find out that it is very difficult to rebuild the place where this project was. "Charm City" has an excellent story. The one thing I loved about the film is the narration, telling us what really happens in the story. And it has a very good cast. And the amazing scenes of people, working in the factory. It has a nice narration, very creative. The pictures are great, and they are good to see. So, I recommend it to all who love chocolate and Russian history. My vote is seven. Title (Brazil): "A Basta da Chocolate" ("Charm City") Note: On 25 March 2011, I saw the film "Charm City" at the Brazil International Film Festival.

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Brenda

Just saw this and I really enjoyed it. I was surprised to hear a clip from it. I was interested in the atmosphere and the movie showed me some of what I am going through in the South of Ukraine. I think it did a good job of showing the very different Russian-Ukrainian culture and the rise and fall of the Soviet era. It is very interesting and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the history of their country. I think this was a good documentary and I think it deserves all the praise it has received.

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Carolyn Sanders

I think it's a great movie to show to any women, even the ones who are not into sport or if you're not into the men's side, you should watch this movie. I don't know what they filmed but it's better than the old ones. The best part about the movie is that they don't put the old players on the big screen. They did that last year and it was a big hit. If they want to make a movie about the women's team, they should make it. I think the worst thing about the film is the ending. In the end they are all superman and they have a big celebration. I don't know why but it's just a little bit too much.

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Martha S.

The 1975 film of "Hannah Arendt" tells us of a German Jewish psychiatrist who, on August 24, 1945, in the occupied West German state of Hesse, met with a high-ranking SS officer in the forest. "There were quite a few drinks and conversations," Hannah Arendt recalls, "but I think he was hoping to break my resistance. I also recall he complimented me on my arguments in defense of my religion." (p. 197) Hannah is describing the first meetings she had with Adolf Eichmann, in which he emphasized the importance of her religious beliefs and in which she met with a Jewish lawyer. Hannah mentions that she was used by him, and Eichmann spoke of his love for her, and that "she was strong and beautiful," but, Hannah adds, "he also said that he wanted to possess me for his own purposes." Eichmann also mentioned "his admiration for Hannah" and "his ambition to gain control over my family." Hannah is recalling these events, and asking Eichmann, "What were you hoping to gain?" Hannah's answer was, "I was trying to preserve my faith and my family." The film ends with Hannah being interviewed by two young men at the University of Chicago, and revealing that "Hannah Doherty" is herself a member of the Society for the Protection of Muslim Societies. Hannah's memoir "The Human Stain" (1999), as well as the book "Notes from the Field" by Hannah Arendt (2002) and the film "Eichmann in Jerusalem" (2012) all confirm her incredible survival and inner strength. Hannah Arendt's strong Christian faith has never faded, and she continues to stand in the shadow of her husband, Fichte. Hannah was the only female prisoner of the camp, and she was deeply involved in the resistance. Her own writings show her distrust of Eichmann and his agenda. Hannah was persecuted, and Eichmann, through Hannah, came to understand her. She was an advocate for the Jewish people. Hannah was a martyr. The film is filled with some excellent interviews, and I highly recommend it. But the film does not tell us how Hannah survived. Hannah Arendt's memoirs tell us how. The reason for Hannah's survival is not even mentioned. See "The Human Stain" for more information.

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Peter Austin

On the surface, it appears that this film is a depressing and angry commentary on the future of America, and on the recent collapse of the American economy. But, upon closer examination, you find that this film is more than that. The film takes you into a dark, confusing, yet very realistic, and graphic look at how to get rid of an abusive husband. In this case, it is the very man who married you. The film follows several people as they go through a process of "cutting ties" with their husband. They are all very desperate to end their relationship with their abusive husband. In some cases, they are fighting for their lives. And, in others, they are facing financial ruin. The film is very well produced. The film is very stylish. It looks like it has been filmed in a great home. The music is very good. You can hear the subtle voice of the director. This film is worth watching. It is very intense and violent. I thought the ending was the best part of the film. The ending is very disturbing and I thought that the film was very good. The film makes you think and makes you think about your life. I liked the film a lot. I think it is a very good film, and I would recommend it to everyone. I give this film a 10/10. My rating: 10/10

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Jane

This is a great documentary. It gives a good example of how bad the VA could be and how it could be fixed. Also, it makes the point that you cannot keep your veterans on the wait list and expect them to live forever. So, to end, the VA has some major problems, but there are ways to fix them. The story is very realistic, the VA employees are awesome and the VA itself has changed in many ways. I recommend this film to anyone that has ever worked in the VA or any other workplace for that matter. And to anyone that has ever lost a veteran, please watch this film and do your part to make it better. Thank you to the producers, staff, and all the VA employees.

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Donna G.

A documentary that takes you through the life of an overweight 19-year old girl, who goes to a gym in a big city. Her body is not fat, but she is obese. The body weight of the girl is somewhere between that of a baby and a newborn. Her "fat" could have been due to her forced school diet, but her mannerism is very strong and the fact that she is angry because of this means that she is a very strong person, so we have to listen to her and see her in her emotions and reactions, her interests, her knowledge of what is going on around her. A very tough and sensitive subject and I enjoyed this film a lot.

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Jerry Williams

For me, the film was simply incredible. From the very first scene to the very last scene, I was transfixed. And in the midst of the technical aspects of the film, I couldn't help but notice the incredible story of the movie and how it connected the story to the actual Philippines. It was very touching and very insightful, and reminded me of how amazing the Philippines really is. At the end of the movie, I felt like I had just seen a different world, and had been transported to a different world. I was so moved by this film that I will definitely look for more of the director's work. My favorite scenes were the one where the Captain was running, and the one where the children were talking about the war, and the one where the Admiral and the Captain are sitting on a plane. I really enjoyed the interview with the captain and the children. I liked the documentary-style shots of the devastation that was seen in the Philippines, as well as the nature documentary footage from the Borneo islands. It was just such an amazing documentary that I recommend everyone to see, regardless of your political or religious beliefs.