Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

They Ain't Ready For Me

Year: 2020
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 87 minutes

They Ain't Ready For Me
They Ain't Ready For Me
They Ain't Ready For Me
They Ain't Ready For Me

In Chicago neighborhoods crippled by gun violence, community members stay indoors, fearful for their safety. Tamar Manasseh has had enough. Driven to bring joy back to summer, Manasseh makes it her mission to provide a haven in Chicago’s most crime-riddled neighborhoods. She forms the organization MASK (Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings). Armed with the belief that nobody wants to kill anyone’s mother, she seeks areas with the worst gang violence and sets up camp. Manasseh and her volunteers sit on the corner of 75th and Stewart from the first day of summer break to the last. They provide a safe place to congregate from 4 AM to 8 PM as well as free dinners. After three years of summer occupation, there hasn’t been a single shooting at the formerly dangerous intersection. The documentary THEY AIN’T READY FOR ME profiles a one-woman movement who is using her grassroots organization to change her community one block at a time. It’s an inspiring example of the impact a single human can have on others when they lead with their heart. — R.R.

Listen to the THEY AIN'T READY FOR ME episode of CIFF Speaks here.

CIFF44 Screenings

Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 6:45 PM

Friday, March 27, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 9:05 AM

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

African Diaspora
Jewish & Israeli Visions
Women of the World

Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition


Brad Rothschild

Brad Rothschild, Connor Kalista

Daniel Kullman

Connor Kalista

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