University at Albany

Rockefeller Hosts Social Documentarian

The Political Science Department of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy presents "Race, Poverty, Public Housing," a screening and conversation with award-winning filmmaker Ronit Bezalel on Wednesday, November 16 from 5:30 to 7pm.


Ronit Bezalel has been creating social issue documentary films for over 15 years. Bezalel began her career at the National Film Board of Canada, where she directed When Shirley Met Florence (1994), a documentary about a 55-year friendship between two Jewish women in their mid-sixties. Bezalel's award-winning film Voices of Cabrini: Remaking Chicago's Public Housing (1999) catalyzed dialogue about affordable housing issues in Chicago neighborhoods.  For her work on Voices of Cabrini she was named one of the Top 10 Women of the 21st Century by Newsweek. Her latest film Cabrini Green:  Mixing It Up is an exploration into the national issue of public housing and poverty through the lens of Chicago's $1.5 billion housing "Plan for Transformation." Bezalel holds an MFA from Columbia College, Chicago and a BA from McGill University in Montreal. 

"Race, Poverty, Public Housing" will be held in the Levitt Room in Page Hall on the downtown campus of the University at Albany, 135 Western Avenue, Albany, NY.  Admission is free.

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