South Bend's growth highlighted in new documentary
SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- A new documentary about the city of South Bend has hit the internet. Big Enough, Small Enough: South Bend in Transition examines the past, present, and future of South Bend through the eyes of the city's residents.
The film was made by South Bend natives, Zach Schrank, and Ryan Blaske. The duo says they wanted to capture the city as it attempts to rise from the ashes and adjust to the national spotlight of former mayor, Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign.
"Living in and being from South Bend we find it to be at a turning point," said Schrank and Blaske in a statement. "We recognized the challenge of defining the character of the city as it was thrust in the national spotlight and were motivated to capture a snapshot of this liminal moment."
Some people living in South Bend, like Ben Moreno, say they have seen tangible signs of progress, especially in the past 10 years. "I definitely think that South Bend is, seems to be anyway, moving into a positive direction as far as job development, as far as infrastructure," said Moreno.
While the growth of the South Bend was highlighted in the documentary, Big Enough Small Enough also reflects the views of some residents who feel that parts of the city has been left behind in terms of progress.
That sentiment was echoed by Ronald Dyson, who has lived in South Bend since 1997 on the city's west side. "The inner city, they kind of left behind," said Dyson. "If you don't include the whole of the city and you don't include everyone in the city, you have issues because the inner city feels left out."