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Teens Present ‘Where You From,’ an In-Depth Illustration of Black Chicago

On Sunday, two young women, Amaris Buford and Anta Njie, presented their debut documentary at a sold-out show in Chicago.

The film, Where You From, is best described as an in-depth illustration of Black Chicago. Everyone knows that the city is the most segregated in the country, so naturally, the Black Chicagoan’s experiences are vastly different than those of their White counterparts.

“[The film] is a collaboration of passion and urgency, the result of what happens when young visionaries are compelled to ensure that their story–and the story of their people is told,”   Buford said in a press release sent to EBONY.

Where You From details a rare history of Chicago. Shown through the lens and experiences of residents who reside in various neighborhoods, the films details the lasting or sometimes unwelcomed impressions of laws on certain neighborhoods and the struggle of Black youth to survive.

The filmmakers are both students. Buford is currently a senior at Kenwood Academy High School in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, where she developed a love for cinema. Njie is currently a junior at Spelman College in Atlanta. With a love for truth through the lens of the media, she aspires to become a political commentator.

Peep the trailer for Where You From below.





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