Cooked: Survival by Zip Code (Judith Helfand, 2019)

Cooked: Survival by Zip Code (Judith Helfand, 2019)

This screening is part of Explorathon 2020’s programme of physically distanced events which are running from 23 to 29 November 2020 celebrating research from Scotland as part of European Researchers’ Night.

This special screening is accompanied by a specially pre-recorded introduction and post-screening virtual round-table discussion with the film maker. The event is brought to us by Leshu Torchin of the Department of Film Studies, who has a passion for creating opportunities to experience documentaries, especially on the big screen.

In Cooked: Survival By Zip Code, award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand uses her signature serious-yet-quirky connect-the-dots style to take audiences from the deadly 1995 Chicago heat wave, in which 739 mostly Black, elderly and poor Chicagoans died during the course of one week, deep into one of the world’s biggest growth industries: disaster preparedness.

Along the way, Helfand uncovers links between extreme weather, extreme disparity, and extreme racism.

Plus… join Transition University of St Andrews for an additional post-show discussion where you’ll be able to discuss the themes of the film. It’s the kind of documentary that you will want to talk about.

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