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Cooked: Survival by Zip Code

2018, Judith Helfand, USA, 82 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Sep 13th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Sep 14th 8:00pm
  • Sun, Sep 15th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Sep 16th 7:45pm
  • Wed, Sep 18th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Sep 19th 6:00pm
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Inspired by Eric Klineberg’s book, Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Helfand (BLUE VINYL) takes a hard, personal, and often quirky look at the inequity of natural disaster, beginning with her family’s own experience of Hurricane Sandy. She ultimately zeroes in on Chicago’s shockingly inadequate response to the deadly July 1995 heatwave, during which the city morgue overflowed with the sudden deaths of 726 citizens, largely the elderly and people of color from the city’s impoverished South and West Side. This audacious look at natural disaster American-style starts with the stark premise that a zip code can be an accurate predictor of life or death when nature unleashes its worst. With increasing frequency and force, climate change sets the agenda for hurricanes, floods, heat waves, and such, but systemic neglect, deep poverty, and political expediency have already drawn the line between the survivors and the doomed, even before disaster strikes. DCP digital. (BS)

On Thursday, September 19, there will be a panel discussion after the screening, moderated by director/producer Judith Helfand, with the following guests:

Dennis Deer (Cook County Commissioner of the 2nd District)
Alma E. Anaya (Cook County Commissioner of the 7th District)
Lanetta Haynes Turner (Cook County Government Chief of Staff)

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