The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

Part of: Screenings at Strelka

strelka courtyard

USA 2011, 79 min.
Directed by: Chad Freidrichs
Documentary film

Destroyed in a dramatic and highly-publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure amongst architects, politicians and policy makers. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth explores the social, economic and legislative issues that led to the decline of conventional public housing in America, and the city centers in which they resided, while tracing the personal and poignant narratives of several of the project’s residents. In the post-War years, the American city changed in ways that made it unrecognizable from a generation earlier, privileging some and leaving others in its wake. The next time the city changes, remember Pruitt-Igoe.

Awards and festivals:
FULL FRAME festival – programme participant
TRUE/FALSE festival – programme participant
SILVERDOCS festival – programme participant
festival in Kansas – best documentary film

Official web site and trailer.

Igoe Myth