About the film

Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand presents a provocative investigation into the “natural” disasters we’re willing to see and prepare for, the unnatural ones we’re not and the growth industry of disaster preparedness. Her launching point is the deadly 1995 Chicago heat disaster that claimed the lives of 739 residents, primarily among the elderly, African Americans and those living in poverty. Helfand explores the links between extreme weather, extreme disparity and the politics of “disaster,” daring to ask: What if a zip code was just a routing number, and not a life-or-death sentence?


4 p.m. Fri., April 12
Cinema Detroit

Film credits

Year: 2018 
Run time: 1 hour, 16 minutes 
Director: Judith Helfand 
Producers: Fenell Doremus, Judith Helfand 
Editors: Simeon Hutner, David E. Simpson 
Cinematographers: Todd Lending, Stanley J. Staniski, Keith Walker 
Composer: T. Griffin