"The Area" Screening and Storytelling Session at Gene Siskel Film Center

We're extremely proud to share with everyone David Schalliol's new film, The Area during its Chicago premier at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago this Sunday, September 16, at 5 PM! After the viewing, the Museum's Oral History Corps will facilitate a storytelling session addressing disenfranchisement and gentrification with attendees.

The Area shares a dramatic story of community and displacement that occurred over a five year period in Chicago's Southside, told through the eyes of lifelong activist, Deborah Payne. The film focuses on Norfolk Southern Railway's transformation of 85 acres of houses, once home to over 400 families, into a desolate prairie landscape in the name of supposed economic revitalization.

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For all public housing residents that are interested in attending, please e-mail us at info@nphm.org for complimentary tickets!