Introduced by Tom Zaniello, author "Working Stiffs: Union Maids, Red and RiffRaff (An Expanded Guide to Films About Labor)"
(replaces THE INFILTRATORS)
Judith Helfand's 2019 film -- which suggests there may be no difference between an epidemic and a catastrophe -- now looks eerily prescient. In 1995 Chicago was hit by a record-breaking heat wave, so hot that the lives of 739 residents were lost in a single week; mostly poor, African-American, and elderly residents. This searing, offbeat documentary connects the dots to more recent natural disasters, provocatively exploring the ways in which class, race and zip code predetermine our chances of survival during environmental crises.