70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green
Looks like a fascinating film:
For 70 years, there stood a public housing community in Chicago known as Cabrini Green. Home to thousands, misunderstood by millions, Cabrini Green once towered over some of Chicago’s most expensive neighborhoods, a looming reminder of inequality and poverty. Cabrini’s high-rises were demolished as part of Chicago’s $1.5 billion Plan for Transformation, funded through the federal HOPE VI program. The result was an African American community cleared to make room for another social experiment: mixed-income neighborhoods.
Shot over the course of twenty years, 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green (2015; U.S.; 55 min.), directed by Ronit Bezalel, documents this upheaval, from the the fiery protests to save the complex, to the razing of the first buildings in 1995, to the clashes in the mixed-income neighborhoods that replaced it. 70 Acres 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.