cooked: survival by zip code
A film by Judith Helfand
In the Summer of 1995, there was an extreme heat wave in Chicago, with temperatures soaring over 100 degrees for seven days. It hit the area like a tsunami, and left power outages and an exposure of inadequate emergency responses. The death toll from the heat soared to 739 people — most lived in the lower socio-economic areas of the city. Whatever the natural disaster, this film looks at ways in which class, race, and zip code predetermine who gets hurt the worst. Helfand, a Peabody Award-winning director, puts herself in the film in a way that makes it feel that she is partnering with us in making these startling and chilling revelations about towns and cities all across the country.