They Ain't Ready for Me

They Ain’t Ready for Me (2020), directed by Brad Rothschild, courtesy of Red Shield Pictures and 3 Generations

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They Ain't Ready for Me

Virtual Screening and Talk

Viewing period: Friday, April 2–Monday, April 5
Talk and Q&A: Tuesday, April 6, 5:00 pm (PT)

About the Program

Join community leader Tamar Manasseh and director Brad Rothschild for a conversation about the moving documentary They Ain’t Ready for Me. Available to stream in the days leading up to the talk and Q&A, the film tells the story of Manasseh, an African American rabbinical student who is leading the fight against gun violence on the South Side of Chicago. For years, Manasseh, a mother of two, has spent every summer day sitting on the corner in her neighborhood, dedicating the area for safe play. Through this simple but revolutionary act, Manasseh reminds her neighbors that there are people who care if they live or die.

The film explores the challenges and motivations of this fearless leader as she works to bring joy and safety to her community. Both authentically Jewish and authentically Black, Manasseh’s layered cultural identity and magnetic personality combine to make her a force to be reckoned with—and she’s just getting started. (2020, 89 min. No MPAA rating.)

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Watch the official trailer for They Ain't Ready for Me.