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The Chicago Maternity Center Story  /  Home For Life

The Chicago Maternity Story
September 17, 2016 - 7:30 pm

The Chicago Maternity Center Story  (1976)

This galvanizing, rock-fueled documentary (Black Sabbath features prominently on the soundtrack) follows the mid-1970s grassroots fight to save the Chicago Maternity Center after 75 years of serving the community with maternity care and safe at-home births.  One woman’s experience with the center, from consultations to delivery, puts the human face on protester demands and the corporatization of American medicine.

Digital Video, b/w, 60 min.  DIR: Jerry Blumenthal, Suzanne Davenport, Sharon Karp, Gordon Quinn, Jennifer Rohrer.

Home for Life  (1966)

The first film produced under the Kartemquin banner mobilizes multiple nonfiction modes to draw us into the experiences of two new residents of a Chicago nursing home as they adjust to their new lives.  Through their separate circumstances, depicted frankly but with a deep sense of dignity, the larger challenges of age and care for the aged are brought into sharp, poignant view.

16mm, b/w, 82 min.  DIR: Gerald Temaner, Gordon Quinn.

Preceded by

Parents  (1968)

This fly-on-the-wall document of a parish youth group discussing their parents and the generation gap is a fascinating time capsule from the era of the “rap session” even as it captures the eternal restlessness of adolescence.

Digital Video, b/w, 20 min.  DIR: Gordon Quinn, Gerald Temaner.