Architecture and Black Cinema Series: 70 Acres in Chicago


The filmmakers call it “Chicago’s most hotly contested 70 acres of land.” With its prime central location, Cabrini Green was hailed as a public housing triumph and demonized as an urban disaster. Beginning in 1995, it was demolished, bit and bit, then repackaged as a “mixed income” development, where, unsurprisingly, the former, largely black residents have been marginalized or driven away. Ronit Bezalel, who first covered the subject in her celebrated 1999 short Voices of Cabrini, spent 15 years on this eye-opening follow-up, which uses personal stories, expert commentary, and informative history to celebrate the spirit of a unique community and to mourn its betrayal and destruction.” – Gene Siskel Film Center

Following the film, join in a conversation with director Ronit Bezalel and executive producer Judy Hoffman.

(Ronit Bezalel, 2015, 70 min)

This event is FULL, but a wait list will be available at the door beginning at 5:30pm.

The Architecture and Black Cinema Film Series is made possible by the Chicago Architecture Biennial.