Cooked: Survival by Zip Code

2018 | USA | NR | 76 min.
  • Absolutely No Spitting


Milliken at the Dennos Museum Thu, Aug 1, 2019 12:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2018
Runtime:76 min.
Premiere Status:Midwest Premiere
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Judith A. Helfand
Produced by:Judith A. Helfand
Fenell Doremus
Cinematography:Tod Lending
Keith Walker
Editing By:Simeon Hutner
David E. Simpson
Cast:Alex Helfand
Florence Helfand
Eric Klinenberg
Valerie Brown


Could systemic poverty be one reason for the uneven survival rates of people affected by natural disasters? What if we addressed poverty as a preemptive check on the effects of such a disaster? That’s the central idea explored in this explosive exposé of the disaster relief industry and the people in charge of it. Using the 1995 Chicago heat wave (wherein 738 mostly urban, elderly, and poor residents were killed over five days in July), as a jumping-off point, and addressing other catastrophic events like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy—as well as the inevitable environmental disasters to come, due to the effects of climate change—Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand, in her signature searing yet quirky connect-the-dots style, explains how we could and should be addressing the most preventable aspect of “natural" disasters before they ever even happen. In Person: Director/Producer Judith A. Helfand.

Included Shorts

Absolutely No Spitting (10min) 2019 | USA | NR | 10 min. More