Source: Chicago Tribune
The rat/human urban coexistence struggle plays out in so many cities. Orkin has Chicago in the No. 1 spot of America’s 50 rattiest areas.
A documentary filmmaker could make 50 or 5,000 different sorts of nonfiction movies on the subject.
In his 83-minute marvel “Rat Film,” Theo Anthony appears to be free-associating several ideas simultaneously, but there’s serious care and thought behind those decisions.
Anthony’s larger theme is the city of Baltimore’s history of urban planning, systemic housing segregation, and the desolate-built environments of the African-American communities there.
How those communities were treated by the city throughout the 20th century, beginning with a 1911 segregation ordinance, folds into the chronicle of the city’s ever-adapting, ever-frustrating rat control efforts.
Read the story at the Chicago Tribune.
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