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From The Bullfrog Films Collection
Cooked: Survival by Zip Code

A film by Judith Helfand

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Chicago suffered the worst heat disaster in U.S history in 1995, when 739 residents—mostly elderly and black—died over the course of one week. As COOKED links the deadly heat wave's devastation back to the underlying manmade disaster of structural racism, it delves deep into one of our nation's biggest growth industries: Disaster Preparedness.

Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand (Blue Vinyl, Everything's Cool), uses her signature serious-yet-quirky connect-the-dots-style to forge inextricable connections between the cataclysmic natural disasters we're willing to see and prepare for and the slow-motion disasters we're not. That is, until an extreme weather event hits and they are made exponentially more deadly and visible.

But whether it was the heat wave in Chicago or Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, Irma and Maria, all of these disasters share something key: they reveal the ways in which class, race, and zip code predetermine who was living on the edge to start with, who gets hurt the worst, who recovers and bounces back—and who doesn't. In COOKED, Helfand challenges herself and others to truly see and respond to the invisible man-made disasters taking place in towns and cities across the country before the next "natural" disaster hits.

COOKED is an adaptation of "HEAT WAVE: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago" (2002), Eric Klinenberg's groundbreaking book.

“A much-needed slap in the face to the American people... It’s time that those of us with privilege do something to help those who don’t.” —Lorry Kikta, Film Threat

“Cooked chronicles the painful truth that waiting for the government can be hazardous to your health. The twin vulnerability of poverty and race placed African Americans at special risk in the 1995 Chicago heat wave. In America, zip code is more important than genetic code and some people and communities have the wrong complexion for protection.” —Dr. Robert D. Bullard, Professor, Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, Texas Southern University, Author, Race, Place, and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina

“This film is searing, smart and insightful...The film asks important questions with humor, humility, and humanity. This film can be used in a wide range of classrooms with social and ethnic studies and health policy as well as in public contexts of churches, community groups, and other venues.” —Julie Sze, Professor of American Studies, Founding Director, Environmental Justice Project, University of California - Davis, Author, Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice

“This is a thought-provoking film...In light of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, this title strikes a chilling chord.” —Sue-Ellen Beauregard, Booklist

“Cooked is a jolting reminder of the tragedy, and a scathing indictment of the social conditions that allowed so many to die - with the overwhelming majority of victims being minorities, the elderly, the poor...For those who don't know the story: You need to see this movie.” —Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times

World Premiere, DOC NYC 2019
Jury Prize - Best Documentary, Columbus Indiana Yes Film Festival
Best Feature Film Jury Prize, EarthxFilm
People's Choice Award, Environmental Film Festival at Yale
Cucalorus Film Festival 2019
St. Louis International Film Festival 2019
Milwaukee International Film Festival 2019
Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival 2019
Bendfilm Festival 2019
The Chicago South Side Film Festival 2019
San Francisco Green Film Festival 2019
Traverse CIty Flim Festival 2019
Woods Hole Film Festival 2019
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2019
White River Indie Film Festival 2019
Sarasota Film Festival 2019
Freep Environmental Film Festival 2019
Princeton Environmental Film Festival 2019
Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival 2019
DC Environmental Film Festival 2018

82 minutes / Color
Closed Captioned
Release: 2020
Copyright: 2018

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This DVD is sold for private, home use only.

Subject areas:
The Bullfrog Films Collection, Environment

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