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00:47 Jumbled footage from a Carol Marin news special, From Beauty Passed Away. She reports on people who have somehow been facially disfigured. Very poor video quality, which improves as the tape goes on. In this report Marin meets with several people who have been severely facially disfigured and experts that try to help these people. Camera opens on a fire. Voiceover, Gertrude Miller speaking about being burned in an apartment fire. Marin speaks to Miller’s daughter about seeing their mother in the hospital. Marin and Miller talk about the facial disfigurement from the burns. Low video quality briefly. Marin speaks about disfigurement as a handicap. Cut to black. 

4:52 Footage of Miller getting ready. Voiceover of her speaking about how her life changed after the disfigurement. Miller talks about going back out into the world, and the prevalence of suicide in those with facial disfigurements. Marin talks to a psychiatrist that specializes in working with people who have been facially disfigured. They talk about the “hibernation” that many disfigured people choose to undergo instead of interacting with the world.

12:41 Marin visits the burn unit at the Cook County Hospital. She speaks with a patient who was caught in chemical fire about the desire to hibernate. She speaks with another patient about really looking at himself after the accident. The psychiatrist talks about what it takes for a disfigured person to recover emotionally.

16:42 A disfigured woman, Carol Ann Roscoe, reads her poetry. Marin speaks to Roscoe and her physician about the disfigurement she has suffered. Roscoe describes the accident and speaks about dealing with the pain. Marin talks about social standards of beauty. She describes Chicago’s “Ugly Ordinance.”

24:37 Cut to black. Marin continues to report on the beauty expectations that society has for faces. She speaks with the psychiatrist about the importance of the face and his sculptures. Footage of painted portraits. Marin talks about what beauty is. Marin speaks with the burn unit at the University of the Chicago about a burn mask that can help prevent scarring. They talk about the dehumanization that comes with the mask. Marin talks to a man who wore the mask for months, and he describes the way people reacted, including calling the police on him. Marin speaks to his parents about their experience watching their son face the world as a disfigured person.

35:52 Marin talks with a plastic surgeon about how victims of facial disfigurement can lose their identities. She speaks with a doctor in the facial reconstruction unit of the University of Chicago about reconstruction of the face, and the doctor shows her models. Marin speaks with a paralyzed man who must wear a brace on his head, and they speak about how this can constitute as disfigurement. 

40:27 Marin talks to a four-year-old, Joel, who was disfigured in a car accident. She speaks with Joel’s parents, and how they’ve had to explain the accident and the changes to him. They talk about how people react to Joel and the way their family has changed. Marin talks about the unexpectedness of disfigurement. Cut to black.

47:02 Miller interacting with her family and in the grocery store. Marin talks about “social death” that some disfigured people experience. She speaks about this concept with the psychiatrist. Marin tries to find organizations that aid disfigured people, but does not find much support. Marin talks about societal acceptance for those who are disfigured. She speaks briefly with several of the same victims about how they see themselves now. Credits

57:31 Beginning of a special titled, “Gangs: The New Chicago Mob?” Marin reports on the El Rukn street gangs history, violence, and drug trade, and their leader, Jeff Fort. She briefly discusses several other gangs around the city. She meets with experts and legislators to discuss what solutions are being discussed.

1:02:57 Footage of 51 Vice Lords, another gang, being arrested at a pinball parlor. Marin mentions another gang, The Disciples, renamed The Sons and Daughters of the Star. Marin reports on gangs in the prison system. They talk about some of the violence that results from the gang interactions both on the street and in prisons. Police and prison officials working together. Cut to black. 

1:08:25 Video glitchy. Audio of Marin talking to young people about pressure for them to join gangs. Marin talks to police about growing Latino and white gangs. She speaks with a man who is in witness protection after testifying in a gang violence case. She talks about the way that gang activity has altered neighborhood relations with the police. Cut to black. 

1:24:10 Marin reports on police and government action taken against gangs. She talks with an attorney about the over-generalizations made against young black men as a result of gang activity. Story about a young student killed in a gang related shooting. A legislator talks about how unemployment, poverty, and lack of education affect gang activity. Several people talk about potential solutions. Credits.

1:22:16 Special about the addition of a highway through a potentially historically and environmentally important area in Napoleon’s Hollow. Marin meets with people who support and do not support the highway, as well as experts who are investigating the historical and environmental claims made about the area. 

1:46:39 Tape ends.

 

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