Block By Block: Short Films About Chicago

Friday, Apr 29, 2022 7 – 8 pm

Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle Dr.
Evanston, IL 60201

In-Person, Free, RSVP


This program brings together four recent short films that celebrate Black life in Chicago while interrogating the historic and contemporary effects of segregation, redlining, and disinvestment in the city. Centering images of joy amidst architectures of adversity, these films use interviews, testimony, lyrics, and intimate conversations to imagine filmmaking as a form of community dialogue.

Following the screening, The Block will welcome filmmakers Domietta Torlasco, Jazmine Harris, and Kristin Reeves for a discussion of their films and the communities they represent.

  • Garfield Park, USA (Domietta Torlasco, 2021, 32 min.)
  • Some Thingz Never Change: Monologues From A Stoop In Bronzeville (Jazmine Harris, 2019, 12 min.)
  • CPS Closings + Delays (Kristin Reeves, 2017, 7 min.)
  • Hail Mary (Sasha Phyars-Burgess, 2021, 22 min.)

This screening is supported by the Comparative Literary Studies Program and the Department of French and Italian at Northwestern.