MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2013

Urban Planning Film Series: Really Long Films

Ezra Glenn

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

For IAP, the department's ongoing Urban Planning Film Series continues with a twist: since there are no classes, p-sets, or other distractions to contend with, this month the series will feature some of the great LONG (or even SUPER-LONG) films in the genre.


Sponsor(s): Urban Studies and Planning
Contact: Ezra Glenn, 7-337, 617 253-2024, EGLENN@MIT.EDU

When the Levees Broke, by Spike Lee

Jan/17 Thu 02:00PM-06:00PM 3-133, end times vary

Subtitled "A Requiem in Four Acts," Spike Lee's heart-rending portrait of New Orleans in the wake of the destruction manages to be both intimate and epic.  Originally aired as a four-part HBO miniseries, the film tells the heartbreaking personal stories of those who endured this harrowing ordeal--yet, somehow, amidst the ruins, the people of New Orleans are finding new hope and strength as the city rises from the ashes.

Ezra Glenn

Half the Sky, by Maro Chermayeff

Jan/24 Thu 02:00PM-06:00PM 3-133

Originally aired as a four-hour television series for PBS, this epic work introduces women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable---and fighting bravely to change them.  Traveling with intrepid reporter Nicholas Kristof and A-list celebrity advocates, the film reflects viable and sustainable options for empowerment and offers an actionable blueprint for transformation.

Ezra Glenn

Public Housing, by Fred Wiseman

Jan/31 Thu 02:00PM-06:00PM 3-133

This cinema-verite documentary captures daily life at the Ida B. Wells public housing development in Chicago. The film illustrates some of the experiences of people living in conditions of extreme poverty, including the work of the tenants council, street life, the role of police, job training, drug education, teenage mothers, dysfunctional families, elderly residents, nursery school, and after school teenage programs.

Ezra Glenn