In July 1995, a heat wave overtook Chicago. High humidity and a layer of heat-retaining pollution drove the heat index up to more than 126°. City roads buckled, electric grids failed, thousands became ill, and hundreds of people died, most of them poor, elderly, and African American. Balancing serious and somber with her respectful, albeit ironic and signature quirky style, filmmaker Judith Helfand explores the long-term crisis produced by the intersection of pernicious poverty, racism, economic and social isolation, and weather-related “natural disasters.”
A panel discussion with filmmaker Judith Helfand will follow the screening. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
This event is sponsored by Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Penn Law’s Toll Public Interest Center Public Interest Week, Penn Cinema Studies, and the Annenberg School for Communication, and is in conjunction with the Symposium on Environmental Justice and Health Disparities in the U.S.
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This program has been approved for 2.5 ethics CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $100.00 ($50.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.