Island | Chicago Reader


Father Mike Ivers serves as the starting point for this skillful and beautifully shot 2002 documentary about the North Lawndale community, but his story never overshadows those of his remarkable parishioners. Their lives, some grim and some inspiring, give texture to one of the poorest neighborhoods in the United States and reveal how Saint Agatha's Church, the local Catholic parish, tries to alleviate the poverty and gun violence. Ivers resuscitates a well-worn metaphor (“We have to build bridges because we are all islands”) and gives it new potency in daily practice. Greg Samata directed. 54 min.

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