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September 22–28, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Romeo Is Bleeding

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Audience Choice Award
—Best Documentary
St. Louis Intl
Film Fest
Audience Award
—Best Documentary
San Francisco
Intl Film Fest
"A surprisingly moving account of self-expression in a desperate town"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"Moving and compelling"

Donté Clark, like many teenagers, had little interest in reading Romeo and Juliet in high school. But now, at age 22, he sees far too many similarities between the tragic tale and his life in the Bay Area city of Richmond, California, a city overwhelmed by a deadly turf war between two feuding neighborhoods. Donté has witnessed friends and family fall victim to gun violence. Still, he is determined not to share the fate of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers and the documentary Romeo Is Bleeding follows Donté as spoken word poetry changes the course of his life. Inspired by English teacher Molly Raynor, Donté and his peers in the spoken word program RAW Talent set out to write and perform a contemporary adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set in Richmond. Through their take on the classic play, the young poets not only find a way to express their individual struggles, but they also build a sense of community both on and off the stage.

Directed by Jason Zeldes, U.S.A., 2015, 93 mins.


  • Fri., Sept. 22 at 6:30 pm
  • Sat.–Sun., Sept. 23–24 at 5:30 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs., Sept. 26–28 at 6:30 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation