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It’s been five years since Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow last inflicted a national tummyache on America with one of her tense, politically resonant thrillers. The director’s latest film doesn’t sound like it’ll let up on the gut-churning pressure, either: Detroit sees Bigelow turn her camera on the title city in 1967, when a deadly, racially charged riot swept through the city, killing 39 people and wounding more than a thousand more.

Bigelow’s film will center on the riot’s infamous Algiers Motel incident, in which three black men were gunned down after police stormed a hotel where they thought a sniper was hiding. Although blame was initially pinned on a black security guard (played by John Boyega in Bigelow’s film), no one was ever convicted of the deaths, or of the beatings and harassment of the hotel’s other occupants.


If that all sounds engagingly upsetting to you (and you happen to live in or near Chicago), you’re in luck: We’ve got tickets for an advance screening of Bigelow’s new movie, and all you need to do to get them is head right over here and click “Get My Passes.” The screening is scheduled for July 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Showplace ICON at Roosevelt Collection. Keep in mind, though, that you’ll want to get there early; these advanced screenings always overbook, and seats will be first come, first served.

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