Time: 7:00 pm
Location: DCTV (87 Lafayette St., Manhattan)Price: free, RSVP here
In her signature serious-yet-quirky style (think BLUE VINYL), Peabody award winning filmmaker Judith Helfand boldly takes audiences from the 1995 Chicago heat disaster - when 739 Chicagoans died in one week - into the present, forging an inextricable link between extreme weather, extreme poverty and survival by zip code. With equal parts naiveté and chutzpah, Helfand goes from questioning our nation’s official definition of disaster deep into America’s burgeoning Disaster Preparedness infrastructure, a veritable growth industry created post-9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. She attends a four-day-seven-state National Level Exercise focused preparing for an earthquake slated to one day devastate the Midwest. Amazed by the “war room” precision, extraordinary expenditure of resources, and worst-case-scenario planning she asks: Can we repurpose this disaster preparedness infrastructure to combat the slow-motion disasters (extreme poverty, health disparity and institutionalized racism) that we can count on becoming more deadly each year?See more free New York City events & things to do on Nifty NYC.
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