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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (streaming video file) (196 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
  • Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] : Frederick Wiseman (Zipporah), 1997.

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In Process Record.
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Originally produced by Frederick Wiseman (Zipporah) in 1997.
Summary, etc.:
PUBLIC HOUSING documents 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.. Events shows include the work of the tenants council, street life, the role of police, job training programs, drug education, teenage mothers, dysfunctional families, elderly residents, nursery school and after school teenage programs and the activities of the city, state and federal governments in maintaining and changing public housing.. Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival.. "Issues that are all too familiar ́ drugs, crime, teenage pregnancy, the frustrations caused by government red tape ́ take on new immediacy thanks to the extraordinary intimacy of Mr. Wisemańs working methods. Through one revealing, well-chosen episode after another, he succeeds in turning sad generalities into powerfully affecting specifics." ́ Janet Maslin, The New York Times
System Details Note:
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Language Note:
In English
Subject: Documentary-style films.
Genre: North American Studies
Documentary films.

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