Black Harvest Film Festival – South Side Weekly

The red wave turns into a purple net

Last week’s midterm elections led to a number of key victories for Democrats in the state and beyond, including several candidates on Weekly covered this year. Jonathan Jackson will take over from incumbent Rep. Bobby Rush in the 1st District after beating more than a dozen other primary candidates. Delia Ramirez, who Weekly written ahead of the primary, will be representing Illinois’ new Latinx-majority 3rd District.

Alexi Giannoulias, who detailed his plans at Weekly in June, will replace Jesse White as Secretary of State. In Cook County, Fritz Kaegi easily won re-election as an assessor despite a campaign by real estate interests to overthrow him, and Amendment 1, also known as the Workers’ Rights Amendment, will be added. to the state constitution, enshrining the rights of workers to bargain collectively and preventing the passage of right-to-work laws in the future. Other notable victories include the re-election of Tammy Duckworth as Senator and JB Pritzker as Governor. Republicans won at least one seat in the state Senate, but lost at least four seats in the State House.

Nationally, Democrats retained control of the Senate with key wins in Pennsylvania, Nevada and Arizona, and a Senate runoff in Georgia will determine the margin of control. However, Republicans have made gains in the House and, at press time, appear to be within reach of a majority there. The midterm elections appeared to surprise some pundits who were predicting a ‘red wave’, but polling accuracy issues underestimated that people would vote blue, with many citing abortion as a key factor in that support .

Mayoral candidates line up

As soon as the Democrats’ congressional victories became clear, Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García, a Lightfoot ally until Election Day, announced his candidacy for mayor of Chicago. He previously forced former mayor Rahm Emanuel to a runoff in 2015. Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson announced his run weeks earlier than Chuy with the endorsement of the Chicago Teachers Union, followed by SEIU, and said he would not back down. Both candidates have a history of strong progressive support, and their combined candidacy has the potential to split their base geographically or along racial lines. Despite the recent withdrawal of North Side candidate Ald. Tom Tunney of the race, there are fifteen candidates currently in the ring, including incumbent Mayor Lori Lightfoot. They include city councilors Sophia King, Ray Lopez and Roderick Sawyer, activist Ja’Mal Green and former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas. The municipal elections are in February 2023.

Black Harvest Film Festival

On November 4, the Gene Siskel Film Center, located at 164 N. State, launched the 28th Black Harvest Film Festival, an annual celebration of film noir and the African diaspora. Festival-goers can enjoy feature films and short film collections, special events and conversations with actors and directors.

In-person viewings and events are scheduled through November 21, followed by virtual screenings through November 27. march onea 2022 film in Portuguese with English subtitles, follows a lower-middle-class family in Brazil, in the midst of far-right Jair Bolsonaro’s election, as they struggle to keep their family together while battling against identity, ambitions and economic pressures. red bird is about a rodeo rider in Oklahoma who dreams of pursuing his passion full-time. And the Sisters on stage the shorts explore topics such as black femininity, isolation, and coming of age. If you miss seeing any of the films in person, tickets and passes can also be redeemed for virtual screenings from November 21-27. After hosting the first-ever all-virtual festival in 2020, the film center has created a hybrid experience in 2021 and 2022.

This year’s celebration is in honor of the late Sergio Mimsa film journalist, historian and co-founder of the festival. Mims, who died in October, was a resident of Hyde Park and attended Kenwood Academy as well as the University of Illinois at Chicago. For more information, visit

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