A life and death story about extreme heat, the politics of disaster, and survival by zip code. With equal parts naivete and requisite chutzpah, Peabody Award winning filmmaker Judith Helfand sets out on a quest to see if America’s disaster preparedness industry could be used to tackle what might be the deadliest man-made disaster of all: extreme poverty. With Chicago’s 1995 heat disaster at its dramatic core -- when 739 Chicago residents, most of them poor, elderly and African American, died over the course of one hot July week -- Cooked asks questions about the politics of disaster every city will have to answer: disaster preparedness for some or community resilience for all? Inspired by Eric Klinenberg's award winning book Heatwave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago.
On Easter Island, the most isolated community in the Pacific uses lessons learned from their past to solve environmental and social challenges brought on by booming tourism and rapid development.
How do you make men less sexist, end hunger, and persuade climate change skeptics? In Malawi, a community of farmers have found the answers. To save their community, two women journey to America to share, learn, and show us that we’re capable of change far greater than we ever believed possible.
Loyalty is a film about Muslim military chaplains who are promoting religious freedom, interfaith cooperation, and acceptance of Islam in America’s armed forces today. Click here to donate to support the production of Loyalty as the filmmaking continues to follow and document this critical story of tolerance and challenging stereotypes.
The Dilemma of Desire explores the clash between the power of gender politics and the equally powerful imperatives of female sexual desire. A feature length documentary by two-time Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Maria Finitzo, the film follows two scientists and a conceptual artist who are using their work to shatter the myths and outright lies women have been taught about their sexual desire and their bodies.
Unapologetic captures the next generation of Black organizers confronting a Chicago administration complicit in state violence against its Black residents. After two police killings of Black Chicagoans, two women and their community challenge the city, while redefining the meaning of Black community activism. Click here to donate today to support the production of Unapologetic.
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