Chicago’s history of crime and gun violence has been a point of interest for Hollywood and journalists for a while now.
Whether it’s genuine intrigue or an attempt to contextualize a plight, cameras have been sticking their lenses in the complex city of wind trying to make sense of what’s been going on for over an decade. Friday, February 24th, Chicago natives Dwyane Wade and Chance The Rapper take their tun.
Leaning on Chicago’s rich basketball heritage — littering the NBA with phenoms from Derrick Rose, Jabari Parker, and Jahlil Okafor to the late great Benji Wilson — Shot in the Dark documents both the popular high school basketball circuit as well as the troubled lives these players often must return home to.
DWade and Chance put their resources together to serve as producers on Orr’s basketball academy program, chronicling their struggles and successes both on and off the court.
The documentary is raw and will pull on your heartstrings as the realities of Chicago’s gun culture are captured on film. You get to see, firsthand, the youth’s struggles, as well as the difference activism makes.
Shot in the Dark was first played at the Black History Month Film Festival for SocialWorks — a charity put together by Chano to empower the youth of the Midwest city of wind and is officially the second entry into the Fox Sports Film Documentary series, Magnify, which chronicles stories at the intersection of sports and culture.
Although he’s synonymous with the Heat at this point, Wade still has deep roots in Chicago. In August of 2016, Wade’s cousin, Nykea Aldridge, was shot while pushing her baby in a stroller near an elementary school in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood.
Even miles away, the Miami resident constantly feels the ramifications of living in this city and understands the importance of creating this kind of content.
Watch the gripping new trailer below.