70 Acres in Chicago chronicles the demolition of Chicago’s most infamous public housing development, Cabrini Green, the displacement of its residents, and the subsequent area gentrification. Filmed over a period of 20 years, the film tells the volatile story of this hotly contested patch of land, while looking unflinchingly at race, class, and who has the right to live in the city. 70 Acres in Chicago is not about saving Cabrini, but follows the redevelopment story over two decades, as families struggle with the impact of social engineering on their community and personal lives.
The film charts a similar story to the plight of Marin City’s Golden Gate Village, where gentrification and displacement are the outcome of a plan to revitalize and rehabilitate public housing in the community. We will examine and discuss these issues in a panel discussion following the film featuring:
RONIT BEZALEL – Director, 70 Acres in Chicago
LYNNETTE EGENLAUF – Activist, teacher, Marin City resident
TERRIE GREEN – Executive Director, Shore Up Marin; Marin City resident
ROYCE MCLEMORE – President, Golden Gate Village Resident Council
Moderator: MARILYN MACKEL – retired attorney