Andres L. Hernandez shares his perspective on the 1999 film Voices of Cabrini: Remaking Chicago's Public Housing. Following the screening, he and Ronit Bezalel discuss the film.
Voices of Cabrini: Remaking Chicago's Public Housing (Ronit Bezalel & Antonio Ferrera, 1999)
Shot over a four-year period, this gripping documentary chronicles the demolition of the Cabrini-Green housing project from the perspectives of residents, community activists, and local business owners. Running time: 30 minutes
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Andres L. Hernandez is an artist-designer-educator who works with youth and adults to interpret, critique, and reimagine the physical, social, and cultural environments we inhabit. He is Co-Founder of Revival Arts Collective and was a participant in the 2013/2014 Artist-in-Residence Program co-sponsored by the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life initiative and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture. Hernandez received his B.Arch from Cornell University and his MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art Education.
Ronit Bezalel has been creating social issue documentary films for over 25-years. Her latest documentary, 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green premiered at the Black Harvest Film Festival to sold out crowds and will be screening at Chicago's Gene Siskel Film Center from November 13 to 19, 2015. Shot over 20-years, 70 Acres in Chicago tells the volatile story of the demolition of Chicago's Cabrini Green public housing, while looking unflinchingly at race, class, and who has the right to the city. Ronit began her career at the National Film Board of Canada, where she directed When Shirley Met Florence (1994). Her award-winning film, Voices of Cabrini: Remaking Chicago's Public Housing (1999) - the 70 Acres in Chicago prequel - received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Award to catalyze dialogue about affordable housing issues in Chicago neighborhoods. Newsweek magazine selected Ronit as one of the "Top 10 Women of the 21st Century" (Jan 8, 2001) for this work. Bezalel holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago, and a BA from McGill University in Montreal.
This program is presented in association with the Chicago International Film Festival and with support from ArcelorMittal.