A great documentary takes on a life of its own. By the end of “Charm City,” it is obvious that to write this as fiction would be impossible, this is a screenplay written by those who know. There is no middleman, the viewer is in a world that few could ever imagine. This story has been dramatized on the TV series “The Wire,” but this is the real deal, the unadulterated inner city of America. No simple stories, no simple causes and no simple answers.
In avoiding finger pointing as well as punditry, Marilyn Ness’ chronicle features citizens, police, and government officials struggling to control the deadly fallout of the decaying inner city. The setting is Baltimore in 2015, a time of unparalleled violence in the city. (CONTINUED)