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Cooked: Survival by Zip Code

2018, Judith Helfand, USA, 82 min.


Show Times

  • Fri, Jul 12th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jul 12th 8:15pm
  • Sat, Jul 13th 5:00pm
  • Sun, Jul 14th 2:00pm
  • Mon, Jul 15th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Jul 16th 7:45pm
  • Wed, Jul 17th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jul 18th 8:00pm
  • Fri, Jul 19th 8:15pm
  • Sat, Jul 20th 7:30pm
  • Sun, Jul 21st 5:15pm
  • Tue, Jul 23rd 8:00pm
  • Wed, Jul 24th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jul 25th 8:00pm
Chicago premiere! Filmmakers in person!

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)

Director Judith Helfand is scheduled to appear for audience discussion on July 12, 13, 14, and 18. 19, 20, 21, 23, and 25, as well as other special guests.

The Thursday, July 18 screening is a Movie Club event.

Complete discussion schedule:

July 12th 8:15pm OPENING NIGHT:
Judith Helfand, COOKED director
Fenell Doremus, COOKED producer
Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH, F.A.C.P., subject
Orrin Williams, subject
Moderated by: Pamela Sherrod Anderson, Filmmaker, writer and educator

July 13th 5pm Reframing the Disaster: Language and Messaging Around Systemic Poverty, Racism and Our Climate Crisis
Jahmal Cole, My Block, My Hood, My City
Juliana Pino, Policy Director LVEJO
Susy Schultz, Public Narrative
Moderated by: Sylvia Ewing, Elevate Energy

July 14th 2pm Environmental Justice from Resilience to Resistance
Cheryl Johnson, People for Community Recovery
Kim Wasserman, Little Village Environmental Task Force
Joshi Radin, Pilson Environmental Right and Reform Organization
Moderator TBD

July 18th 8pm Faith, Equity & Climate Justice
Pastor Booker Vance, Elevate Energy
Rev. Dr. Marshall Hatch, New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church
Chief Rabbi Capers Shmuel Funnye, Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation
Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, Mishkan Chicago
Moderated by Judith Helfand

July 19th 8:15pm Radical Resilience: The Art and Soul of Place Making, Place Taking-back and Transformation
Danielle Perry, Growing Home
Naomi Davis, Blacks In Green
Anton Seals, Grow Greater Englewood
Moderated by Judith Helfand

July 20th 7:30pm Chicago & Cook County Today and Moving Forward (City of Chg dept heads)
Allison Arwady - Acting commiss dept of public health
Ranjani Prabhakar - Deputy Policy Director - Climate Change
Commissioner Alma Anya - Cook County Commissioner, 7th District
Moderated by Alden Loury, WBEZ

July 21st 5:15pm Social Determinants of Health: Closing the Life Expectancy Gap (2 nights a variation of this theme)
Linda Murray MD, MPH, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Illinois School of Public Health
David Ansell MD, MPH, Rush University Medical Center
Maureen Benjamins, PhD, Sinai Urban Health Institute
Moderated by Anne Evens, Executive Director, Elevate Energy

July 23rd 8pm Social Determinants of Health: Closing the Life Expectancy Gap (2 nights a variation of this theme)
Wesley Epplin, Health Equity and Collaborative for Health Equity - Cook County
Fernando De Maio, DePaul University
Brenda Rodriguez, Collaborative for Health Equity - Cook County
Moderated by James Bloyd, Collaborative for Health Equity

July 25th 8pm From a Social Autopsy - to a Palace for the People - Author Eric Klinenberg talks about the value of Social Capital and Community-based Institutions as Life Saving Forces
Eric Klinenberg, author, sociologist
Judith Helfand, filmmaker
Moderated by TBD

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