New documentary examines Cabrini Green as part of Black Harvest Film Festival

Aug 22, 2015 714

by Tony Binns

Ronit Bezalel's thought-provoking documentary, 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green, is a starling case study into the making and destruction of one of Chicago's most infamous public housing projects. Heralded as a public housing success in the late 1940s, it garnered a reputation of also being one the most dangerous in the late 1990s.

After the final building was razed in 2011, the site was carefully repackaged as a mixed-income property. Bezalel's examines the pros and cons of this "transformation" and how much it helped or hurt the permanent residents of Cabrini Green. This documentary is a follow up to her 1999 short film, Voices of Cabrini.

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