A documentary that tracks five years and three generations of a Chicago family's life in public housing. The murder of a family member has an immediate impact, but eventually changes them toward a more positive outlook on life in the end.

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A documentary that tracks five years and three generations of a Chicago family's life in public housing. The murder of a family member has an immediate impact, but eventually changes them toward a more positive outlook on life in the end.

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A real story of real people
15 December 2007 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

This film has been lauded just about everywhere, and for good reason: it's a brilliant documentary that offers riveting drama while showing you that REAL people can overcome tremendous odds and find meaning in their lives.

'Legacy' tracks (over five years) three generations of a Chicago family condemned to ghetto life until a traumatic event -- the murder of one of them -- begins to slowly effect positive change in all of them.

Women figure prominently (and powerfully) in this film. The grandmother, daughter and grand-daughter are all very strong females who, without help from men, overcome through sheer power of will, determination and religious belief. These women are truly inspirational lessons to us all.

There is a great deal of emotion in Tod Lending's 'Legacy,' and if you can get through its 90 minutes with dry eyes, you must be stone-cold void of emotion.


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