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The Road Up (2020)

  • Documentary, Feature
  • 1h 33m
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  • 2020

The Road Up follows four participants in Cara, a Chicago job-training program, as they seek to make the long journey from rock bottom to stable employment. Throughout, they are guided, goaded, and challenged by their impassioned mentor, Mr. Jesse, whose own complicated past drives him to help others find hope in the face of poverty, addiction, homelessness, and trauma. Taken together, their stories create a powerful mosaic of the struggles millions of Americans face every day in a precarious and unforgiving economy, the daunting and often interconnected challenges that prevent so many from getting—and keeping—a job. Because when all that’s behind you is wreckage, and everything in front is an obstacle, how do you find the road up?

Director

Greg Jacobs

Director

Jon Siskel

Producer

Rachel Pikelny

Composer

Joshua Abrams

Sales

Annie Roney

Co-Producer

Amy Ostrander

Language

English

Country

United States

Bonus Content

Director's Interview

24m

Festival Director, Jesse Locks, interviews Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel. Directors of The Road Up.