Footage for the documentary "Voices of Cabrini." Shot between 1995-1999, it documented the Cabrini Green redevelopment project proposed and carried out by the city of Chicago. This tape contains footage of the Pratt family at home in Cabrini.
00:00Copy video clip URL Inside the Pratt home in Cabrini Green. Tracy Pratt prepares her children for school and a visit to the doctor. The children eat breakfast, get dressed, and clean up. This lasts for a good portion of the tape.
18:39Copy video clip URL The Pratt children leave their home, walk down the stairs of the apartment building, and walk through the neighborhood.
21:08Copy video clip URL The children arrive at their school. The filmmakers shoot the children from afar. Students talk in the classroom. Some are seen working on homework.
24:23Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of a Cabrini Green high rise.
26:53Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot from inside a Cabrini high rise, behind the metal bars that surround the building. Shortly afterward, the video cuts out but the audio can still be heard.
29:19Copy video clip URL Cut to inside the Pratt home. Tracy Pratt cleans up the kitchen. Shortly afterward, Pratt spends some time with her youngest child.
37:37Copy video clip URL Pratt continues to clean the apartment floors.
44:38Copy video clip URL As Pratt looks out of her door, she talks about the view she has from her high rise. She talks about the Cabrini redevelopment and the number of condo buildings that have been built around her complex. She states that her family is “sitting on a gold mine” and says that her community will eventually disappear. She goes on to say that the redevelopment has taken place so quickly because of the community not banding together quick enough.
48:37Copy video clip URL Pratt talks about her childhood memories of Cabrini Green. “Grass, green grass; people help people. That’s what I really recall and because what I’m looking at now before me is a drastic change: every man for himself now.” Pratt talks about her childhood in more detail, sharing memories about a candy cart that used to come by the neighborhood. She also talks about the summer time water fights that she and her family used to take part in. Only one other member of her family currently lives in Cabrini. Pratt also talks about moving out of the neighborhood with her family at thirteen when her mother purchased a home.
53:57Copy video clip URL Pratt talks about her hopes to own a home in the future. She then begins to talk about what’s most misunderstood about the neighborhood of Cabrini Green. “I believe that there is a larger percentage of people who care–the depiction, the intelligence of the people here, they figure you’re living in the complex… they figure that there’s no one there intelligent, no one with morals, you know, anything with that nature, as if we have no life… not everybody is out to get somebody.” She goes on to say that Cabrini is a convenient place to live and that she’ll miss the community.
56:54Copy video clip URL One of the filmmakers asks Pratt about the buildings that have already been demolished. Pratt talks about the gentrification and how it is affecting the surrounding community in more detail. “Because it feels as if you’re being picked up out of your home and sat wherever someone chooses for you to sit.” She also calls for the need for “Voices” to stand up for the community.
59:34Copy video clip URL Tape ends.