Directed by: Ronit Bezalel

Chicago Filmmakers is proud to collaborate with Collected Voices Film Festival, which describes itself as "Chicago's first and only Ethnographic film fest, blending together fiction and documentary media from diverse Chicago filmmakers in academia and art." Tonight we are showing Chicago's own Ronit Bezalel's documentary 70 ACRES IN CHICAGO: 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. 70 ACRES IN CHICAGO 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. (Ronit Bezalel, 2015, 56 min., USA)

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