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TIFF 2020: “City Hall”


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Politics and politicians. Despite their faults, not every one of them is corrupt. In fact, we hardly know what happens, let’s say, in City Hall where the drama occurs. We don’t see the preparation they work on for an upcoming event and their desire to keep us safe. Indeed, it depends on where you’re located, and your City Hall may function with different principles. But what’s been captured in the four hours and a half journey of Frederick Wiseman’s “City Hall” is eye popping.

“City Hall’s” major figure is its mayor Marty Walsh, the son of Irish immigrants, who perfectly states the inequality of governments, the issues which the city faces, and its calculation to ensure there is no racial discrimination, health care is intact, and so on. On top of that, he tells his past story, his battle with cancer, addiction recovery, and being a champion for its people, when there is none in Washington.

Mostly, documentaries of such magnitude do not work when they last so long. Because, it is extremely difficult to grab and hold on to the audience’s attention. However, “City Hall” destroys all the misconception and delivers an astounding experience by having us be a part of the City Hall, its way of functioning, organization, and ensuring that public safety is uncompromised.

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