documentary USA, 2011 DVD, 83 Min. (OF Englisch) by Chad Freidrichs
4. December 2011 Topkino 6.00 p.m. / Großer Saal
Pruitt-Igoe was one of the first and largest public housing projects in the U.S. In the 60s. Thought of as a model example of social housing, Pruitt Igoe has quickly become a symbol of social discrimination by city planning. The living conditions deteriorated rapidly and, already eight years after the inauguration, vandalism, violence and residential gang warfare dominate. The Pruitt-Igoe housing project, destroyed in 1972 by a dramatic and highly publicized media implosion, was considered a symbol of failure among architects and politicians. Chad Freidrich documentary explores, with reference to poignant personal stories of former residents, the social, economic and legislative aspects that contributed to the downfall of the entire neighbourhood.