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COOKED: Survival by Zip Code

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McCormick Tribune Campus Center

Illinois Institute of Technology

3201 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60616

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Join the 2019 Chicago South Side Film Festival for our presentation of COOKED: Survival by Zip Code, a documentary film about the worst heat disaster in U.S history in 1995, when 739 Chicago residents – mostly elderly and black – died over the course of one week.

Whether it was the heat wave in Chicago or Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, Irma and Maria, all of these disasters share something in common, they reveal the ways in which class, race, and zip code predetermine who was living on the edge to start with, who gets hurt the worst, who recovers and bounces back -- and who doesn’t. In COOKED, Helfand challenges herself and others to truly see and respond to the invisible man-made disasters taking place in towns and cities across the country before the next “natural” disaster hits. COOKED is a connect-the-dots investigation into extreme heat, the politics of disaster and survival by zip code daring to ask: What if a zip code became just a routing number, instead of a life-or-death sentence?

COOKED is an adaptation of HEAT WAVE: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago (2002), Eric Klinenberg's groundbreaking book about the 1995 Chicago heat wave that killed 739 residents – mostly elderly and black – over the course of one week.

76 Minutes Long - Not Rated

This is event is made possible by the generous and continued support of the Illinois Institute of Technology's Office of Community Affairs and Outreach Programs.

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