In 1995, demolition began at Cabrini Green, Chicago's most well-known
public housing development. Voices of Cabrini follows the political
fight of community organizaers to preserve affordable housing in the
neighborhood. It also focuses on individual struggles of Cabrini Green
residents who have to move out.
Ronit Bezalel has been directing social documentaries for the past
ten years. She has shown her work on national television in Canada,
Australia, and England, and exhibited on the festival circuit. Prior
to moving to Chicago, Bezalel worked at the National Film Board of
Canada, where she directed When Shirley Met Florence. Voices of Cabrini
is Bezalel's fifth documentary.
Antonio Ferrera dedicated three years of his life to document Voices
of Cabrini. He is also an award-winning writer, director and photographer.
Ferrera's documentary work includes documenting Treeman for the Coalition
for the Homeless at the 1996 Democratic National Convention, and working
for filmmaker Michael Moore during his 1997 Chicago Visit. Currently,
Ferrera works for documentarian Albert Mayles in New York City.
Judy Hoffman, longtime Chicago filmmaker, provided her expertise on
this shoot. Hoffman did everything - from offering budget help to
teaching the young filmmakers how to deal with seasoned Chicago cops.
Hoffman has worked in film and video for 20 years. She is on the board
of Kartemquin Films, and has also worked on many academy award nominated
documentaries, including American Dream and Seeing Red.
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