A life and death story about extreme heat, the politics of disaster, and survival by zip code. With equal parts naivete and requisite chutzpah, Peabody Award winning filmmaker Judith Helfand sets out on a quest to see if America’s disaster preparedness industry could be used to tackle what might be the deadliest man-made disaster of all: extreme poverty. With Chicago’s 1995 heat disaster at its dramatic core -- when 739 Chicago residents, most of them poor, elderly and African American, died over the course of one hot July week -- Cooked asks questions about the politics of disaster every city will have to answer: disaster preparedness for some or community resilience for all? Inspired by Eric Klinenberg's award winning book Heatwave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago.
On Easter Island, the most isolated community in the Pacific uses lessons learned from their past to solve environmental and social challenges brought on by booming tourism and rapid development.
With a billion hungry and two billion overweight people on Earth, everyone knows that the food system is broken. But few people understand that it’s a system, with rules that keep things ticking along. A few groups are breaking these rules of how we eat today, so that everyone can eat tomorrow. Steve James (The Interrupters, Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) and Raj Patel (Stuffed & Starved, The Value of Nothing) weave together tales of the system’s destructive creators and creative destroyers, bringing together traders, farmers, grocers and eaters from India to Malawi to Maine to Oakland to show not only how the system works, but how some unlikely people are transforming it.
Loyalty is a film about Muslim military chaplains who are promoting religious freedom, interfaith cooperation, and acceptance of Islam in America’s armed forces today. Click here to donate to support the production of Loyalty as the filmmaking continues to follow and document this critical story of tolerance and challenging stereotypes.
Inspired by dramatic religious educational films her mother starred in while a student at Brigham Young University during the 1960s, a filmmaker faces her personal departure from the Mormon church nearly two decades ago, and its impact on their promise of a “forever family.”
The Dilemma of Desire will explore the clash between the external power of gender politics and the equally powerful imperatives of female sexual desire through the lens of our three main subjects: a scientist, Lisa Diamond; an artist, Sophia Wallace; and an erotic filmmaker, Lucie Blush; provocative women all using their work to challenge and shatter the myths about what women want. No easy task to be sure. Cultural, religious and political forces continue to punish women for wanting sex despite scientific evidence proving that women are highly sexual beings. One question drives our narrative: How different would the world look if women’s libidos were taken as seriously as men’s?
Unapologetic captures the next generation of Black organizers confronting a Chicago administration complicit in state violence against its Black residents. After two police killings of Black Chicagoans, two women and their community challenge the city, while redefining the meaning of Black community activism. Click here to donate today to support the production of Unapologetic.
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