April 20, 2020 12:08 pm
In honor or Earth Week, #StayHomeWatchTogether, a global initiative to bring groundbreaking, documentaries to online audiences this April, will host a virtual screening of COOKED: Survival By Zip Code, followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A with Director Judith Helfand and Danielle Perry, Executive Director of Growing Home TONIGHT at 5PM CST/6PM EST. Please join us!
COOKED: Survival by Zip Code, a searing exploration into the politics of “disaster,” blends investigative reporting about the deadly 1995 Chicago heat wave with a potent argument that the best preparation for a disaster may start with investing in racial and economic justice. Twenty-five years after the 1995 Chicago heat wave, COOKED: Survival by Zip Code examines the events that led to the deaths of 739 people, mostly Black and in the poorest neighborhoods of the city. The film arrives at a time of growing calls across the country to declare racism a public health crisis and to reinvest in communities ravaged by the long-term impact of structural racism. And, now, in the time of Covid-19 and this pandemic, the map of which communities--ie: which zip codes--are hit hardest is the same. In COOKED, Helfand challenges herself, and ultimately all of us, to respond to the man-made disasters taking place in towns and cities across the country before the next unprecedented “natural” disaster hits.
Adapted from Eric Klinenberg’s ground-breaking book ‘HEAT WAVE: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago,’ the film is directed and produced by Peabody Award-winning director Judith Helfand (Blue Vinyl, A Healthy Baby Girl, Everything’s Cool), produced by Fenell Doremus (co-producer of Academy Award-nominated Abacus: Small Enough to Jail), and Kartemquin Films. Join the conversation about the film: #CookedFilmPBS.