TIFF 2020 14 City Hall This is Frederick Wiseman's latest documentary which runs about 4 and half hours and revovles around the government of Boston city in Massachusetts. The film explores the city hall building in Boston and tries to provide us with a comprehensive look of how it operates, what activities take form inside and what role it plays in term of running the city. There are some very interesting shots in this film, notably crushing a couple queen sized mattresses in the garbage truck, a man reporting and discussing a rat infestation problem in his house, some guys trying to negotiate the illegal parking tickets they got charges with and etc. For the most part however, we are seeing and following the city mayor Marty Walsh along with Wiseman's camera as he goes through various sessions of meetings with his deputies, or takes part of City's gatherings and gives motivational speeches. This is a very long film to watch, probably best to watch in two sittings, but I found all scenes to be interesting so I'm not sure how this could be shorter or what parts should be cut from it.
A look at Boston's city government, covering racial justice, housing, climate action, and more.
October 11, 2020