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Screening of "70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green"

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McCormick Screening Room

Humanities Gateway #1070

UC Irvine

Irvine, Calfornia 92697-3375

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Iluminations, The Chancellor's Arts and Culture Initiative, the Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy, and the Architecture and Urban Studies Research Cluster present a free public screening of the award winning documentary film 70 Acres in Chicago.

For 70 years, there stood a Chicago public housing community known as Cabrini Green. Home to thousands, misunderstood by millions, Cabrini Green once towered over Chicago’s most valuable neighborhoods. A looming reminder of inequality and poverty, Cabrini’s high-rises were demolished and an African-American community cleared to make room for another social experiment: mixed-income neighborhoods.Shot over the course of 20-years, 70 Acres in Chicago documents this upheaval, from the razing of the first buildings in 1995, to the clashes in the mixed-income neighborhoods a decade later. The film tells the volatile story of this hotly contested patch of land, while looking unflinchingly at race, class, and who has the right to live in the city.

After the screening, a discussion of the film will take place with director Ronit Bezalel, Andrew Highsmith (History, UCI), Virginia Parks (Planning and Public Policy, UCI), and Rodolfo Torres (Planning and Public Policy, UCI).

Reception to follow. Public parking is available in Mesa Parking Structure for $2/day or $10/hour

If you have any questions, please contact Erica Yun, progran coordinator, at erica.yun@uci.edu

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