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Heartland hosts free online film screening

September 23, 2020

Heartland Community College’s Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Department will host an online film screening of 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green on Thursday, October 1.

70 Acres in Chicago is a documentary whose story follows a community displaced by gentrification. HCC’s screening of the eye-opening film is funded by the College’s Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion initiative.

Viewing will begin at 7:00 p.m. The film’s writer/editor Catherine Crouch will introduce the film, and a Q&A with Crouch will follow the screening.

Students, staff, and the public are invited to view the film and participate in the discussion. Virtual access information can be found at

About the film:

Filmed over a period of 20 years, 70 Acres in Chicago chronicles the demolition of Chicago's Cabrini Green public housing development, the clearing of an African-American community, and the building of mixed-income communities on the valuable land where Cabrini once stood. More than a specific portrait of a single housing development, 70 Acres in Chicago illuminates the layers of socio-economic forces and the difficult questions behind urban redevelopment and gentrification taking place in cities throughout the United States today.


Written by: Steve Fast