“We Own This City”, a coda to “The Wire”

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With We Own This City (2022), David Simon returns to his favourite city, Baltimore. Based on Justin Fenton’s barely fictionalised investigation, he offers a mini-series that is as dry in its narrative as it is implacable in its indictment of the violence perpetrated by the BPD (Baltimore Police Department). What interests us here is the transition from the long time frame of The Wire‘s five seasons to the short time frame of We Own This City. What does this mean in terms of narrative and focus? What rewriting of Justin Fenton’s investigation did this require? What temporality, particularly fragmented, does this unique season implement? These are the questions we will try to answer in our conference.