City Hall

275 mins.
Directed by Frederick Wiseman
2020

Last day Thursday, January 28.
 

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  • Ticket price:  $12
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On occasion of Marty Walsh's nomination for Labor Secretary, Amherst Cinema is pleased to bring back Frederick Wiseman's CITY HALL, one of the best films of 2020.

City government touches almost every aspect of our lives. Most of us are unaware of or take for granted these necessary services such as police, fire, sanitation, veterans affairs, elder support, parks, licensing of various professional activities, recordkeeping of birth, marriage and death as well as hundreds of other activities that support Boston residents and visitors.

CITY HALL, by Frederick Wiseman, shows the efforts by Boston city government to provide these services. The film also illustrates the variety of ways the city administration enters into civil discourse with the citizens of Boston. Mayor Walsh and his administration are presented addressing a number of their policy priorities which include racial justice, affordable housing, climate action, and homelessness. CITY HALL shows a city government successfully offering a wide variety of services to a diverse population.


"Wiseman, one of America’s greatest, most generous chroniclers, brings you into Boston’s City Hall, where men and women help make a city — and democracy — work." #2 film of 2020, Manohla Dargis, New York Times