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The Area (2018)

still from The Area
7 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Thu May 16, 2019
7 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


The Area is a new documentary telling a story that’s well known to many. It follows the five-year odyssey of a South Side Chicago neighborhood, where more than 400 African-American families are being displaced by a multibillion-dollar freight company. The film is told through the perspective of its residents: homeowner-turned-activist Deborah Payne, who vows to be “the last house standing,” and the Row Row Boys, teen friends who must start a new life across gang lines.

In person: filmmaker David Schalliol, protagonist/producer Deborah Payne, and producer Brian Ashby


93 min

David Schalliol, 2018, USA, digital

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