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They Ain't Ready for Me

Screening and Talk

Public Programs | Film

Watch a conversation about the film "They Ain’t Ready for Me."

This is a past program

This program took place on
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Talk streaming on YouTube
Film viewing period was
Friday, April 2–Monday, April 5, 2021

About the Program

In the midst of renewed attention to gun violence in America, 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 senseless killings 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.)

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

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