“Show Me A Hero,” an upcoming HBO miniseries based on Lisa Belkin’s nonfiction book of the same name, has a new poster that reflects its gripping premise.
The series follows a new mayor of Yonkers, NY who is faced with attempting to reverse the institutionalized racism within his city by pushing an initiative to integrate public housing as defined by a federal court order. In a move that quickly becomes primarily about classist attitudes, notions of insular community, and race rather than just economics, the mayor (played by Oscar Isaac) faces support and opposition that puts his career and personal life in a tailspin.
The show will follow both his journey and those of members of the communities his decision will impact. Created by David Simon and directed by Paul Haggis, the miniseries promises to be a timely reminder that racism and classism remain as unsolved issues in this country.
The miniseries will air in six parts, with two parts every night for three subsequent Sundays starting August 16 on HBO.