The Road Up (documentary) showcases the trials and tribulations of escaping poverty, reminding us that the road up isn’t always in a straight line.

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The Road Up follows five Chicagoans as they seek to make the monumental journey from rock bottom to gainful employment, with the help of a transformational job-training program called Cara. Through intimate, verité portraits, the film chronicles their struggles and successes as they seek to overcome the history, habits, and choices that have defined them until now. An unflinching look at the intersection of poverty, homelessness, and addiction, The Road Up offers a timely and ultimately hopeful window on the complex challenges of a population too easily—and too often—ignored.

Confirmed Panelists

  • Jon Siskel and/or Greg Jacobs, Co-directors of The Road Up
  • Jesse Teverbaugh, star of The Road Up and Director of Student and Alumni Affairs at Cara Chicago

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  1. I have seen excerpts from The Road Up and it tells a beautiful and heartbreaking story of poverty, addiction, and redemption. I think this movie would have a great impact on folks who want to learn about the issues of poverty, disinvested communities and systemic racism.
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