70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green
2015, Ronit Bezalel, USA, 56 min.
- Fri, Jan 29th 2:00pm
- Fri, Jan 29th 8:15pm
- Sat, Jan 30th 5:30pm
- Sun, Jan 31st 3:00pm
"Every Chicagoan should see this documentary." – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
THE SUNDAY JANUARY 31 SCREENING IS 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 by 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)
ALSO PLAYING: Bezalel’s acclaimed 1999 film VOICES OF CABRINI (33 min.)
FRIDAY, JANUARY 29 at 8:15 PM: Director Ronit Bezalel will be present for audience discussion.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 at 5:30 PM: Executive Producer Judy Hoffman and composer Duane Buford will be present for audience discussion.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31 at 3:00 PM: Director Ronit Bezalel will be present for audience discussion.