Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green

2015, Ronit Bezalel, USA, ca. 70 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 13th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Nov 14th 8:00pm
  • Sun, Nov 15th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Nov 15th 5:00pm
  • Wed, Nov 18th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Nov 19th 8:15pm
First Chicago run! Ronit Bezalel in person!

"Every Chicagoan should see this documentary." – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

The Wednesday, November 18 and Thursday, November 19 showings are now SOLD OUT!


The filmmakers call it “Chicago’s most hotly contested 70 acres of land.” With its prime central location, Cabrini Green was hailed as a public housing triumph and demonized as an urban disaster. Beginning in 1995, it was demolished, bit and bit, then repackaged as a “mixed income” development, where, unsurprisingly, the former, largely black residents have been marginalized or driven away. Bezalel, who first covered the subject in her celebrated 1999 short VOICES OF CABRINI, spent fifteen years on this eye-opening follow-up, which uses personal stories, expert commentary, and informative history to celebrate the spirit of a unique community and to mourn its betrayal and destruction. DCP digital. (MR)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13: Director Ronit Bezalel, lead producer Brenda Schumacher, producer/participant Mark Pratt, and film participants Deidre Brewster and Raymond McDonald will be present for audience discussion.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14: Executive Producer Judy Hoffman will be present for audience discussion.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15 at 3 PM: Director Ronit Bezalel, lead producer Brenda Schumacher, producer/participant Mark Pratt, and film participants Deidre Brewster and Raymond McDonald will be present for audience discussion.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15 at 5 PM: Director Ronit Bezalel, producer/participant Mark Pratt, film participants Deidre Brewster and Raymond McDonald, and composer Duane Buford will be present for audience discussion.

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