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Films Across Borders: Stories in a Changing World Featuring "Cooked: Survival By Zip Code""

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Films Across Borders: Stories in a Changing World

Featuring "Cooked: Survival By Zip Code"
Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 6:00 pm Eastern

This will be a virtual event conducted via zoom. Reservations are required and can be reserved for free online, Registrants will receive a link to view the film in advance of the virtual discussion.

Event Description:

Join us on Thursday, November 4 at 6:00 pm for a live virtual conversation with filmmaker Judith Helfand about her film “Cooked: Survival By Zip Code”

Cooked: Survival By Zip Code is an award-winning feature documentary about extreme heat, the politics of disaster and survival by zip code. In July 1995, a heat wave overtook Chicago: high humidity and a layer of heat-retaining pollution drove the heat index up to more than 126 degrees. City roads buckled, rails warped, electric grids failed, thousands became ill and people began to die — by the hundreds. Cooked tells the story of this heat wave, the most traumatic in U.S. history, in which 739 Chicago citizens died in a single week, most of them poor, elderly, and African American. Balancing serious and somber with her respectful, albeit ironic and and signature quirkly style, Peabody award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand explores this drama that, when peeled away, reveals the less newsworthy but long-term crisis of pernicious poverty, economic, and social isolation and racism.
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