In her signature serious-yet-quirky connect-the-dots style, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand takes audiences from the deadly 1995 Chicago heat disaster deep into one of our nation’s biggest growth industries - Disaster Preparedness. Along the way she forges inextricable links between extreme weather, extreme disparity and the politics of 'disaster'; daring to ask: what if a zip code was just a routing number, and not a life-or-death sentence?

Inspired by Eric Klinenberg's ground-breaking book HEAT WAVE: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago.

The film is funded in part by the MacArthur Foundation and the Sundance Documentary Fund

2018
76 minutes
Issues: Community Organizing, Economics, Environment, Gentrification, Health, Human Rights, Nutrition, Politics, Race/Ethnicity/Racism, Science