JCC Manhattan, New York, NY
COOKED: Survival by Zip Code is a searing yet quirky investigation into the “natural” disasters we’re willing to see and prepare for and the unnatural ones we’re not. In her signature serious-yet-quirky connect-the-dots style, Peabody Award winning filmmaker Judith Helfand takes audiences from the deadly 1995 Chicago heat disaster — in which 739 people died, mostly black and in the poorest neighborhoods of the city, ties it back to the underlying manmade disaster of systemic structural racism and then goes deep into one of our nation’s biggest growth industries — Disaster Preparedness. Along the way she forges inextricable links between extreme weather, extreme disparity and the politics of “disaster,” daring to ask: What if with a slight torque of the system and a reframe of the terms disaster, preparedness and resilience we could invest in the most “vulnerable communities” now – instead of waiting for the next “natural disaster”. COOKED is adapted from Eric Klinenberg’s ground-breaking book, HEAT WAVE: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago.
After the film screening, stay for a panel discussion featuring Filmmaker Judith Helfand, Rabbi Mira Rivera of Romemu, and Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein of Hazon.