Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

They Ain't Ready For Me

 

Year: 2020
Country: USA
Run Time: 87 minutes

They Ain't Ready For Me
They Ain't Ready For Me
They Ain't Ready For Me
They Ain't Ready For Me

In Chicago neighborhoods crippled by gun violence, community members stay indoors, fearful for their safety. Tamar Manasseh has had enough. Driven to bring joy back to summer, Manasseh makes it her mission to provide a haven in Chicago’s most crime-riddled neighborhoods. She forms the organization MASK (Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings). Armed with the belief that nobody wants to kill anyone’s mother, she seeks areas with the worst gang violence and sets up camp. Manasseh and her volunteers sit on the corner of 75th and Stewart from the first day of summer break to the last. They provide a safe place to congregate from 4 AM to 8 PM as well as free dinners. After three years of summer occupation, there hasn’t been a single shooting at the formerly dangerous intersection. The documentary THEY AIN’T READY FOR ME profiles a one-woman movement who is using her grassroots organization to change her community one block at a time. It’s an inspiring example of the impact a single human can have on others when they lead with their heart. — R.R.

Listen to the THEY AIN'T READY FOR ME episode of CIFF Speaks here.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 6:45 PM ET

Friday, March 27, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET

Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 9:05 AM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

Sidebars
African Diaspora
Jewish & Israeli Visions
Women of the World

Competition
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Director

Director
Brad Rothschild

Producers
Brad Rothschild, Connor Kalista

Cinematography
Daniel Kullman

Editing
Connor Kalista

Print Source

Film Sponsors

Ted and Susan

Community Partners

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. - Cleveland Chapter

Positive Education Program

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