See film dealing with Chicago–Iowa City urban migration

POROI (Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry) will present a public screening of Black American Gothic, a film by Carla Wilson about urban migration from Chicago to Iowa City, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, in meeting room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

The film deals with racial politics in Iowa City after the demise of public housing in Chicago. The story is told through the experience of Iowa City residents, both old and new. The 50-minute film (which is a work in progress) will be accompanied by a panel and community discussion moderated by Patrick Naick of Coe College.

Wilson’s film is a follow-up to POROI’s public rhetoric seminar series titled “Media, Space, and Race: The Case of Iowa City’s ‘Southeast Side.’” Wilson is a California-based independent filmmaker; her husband, Daniel Gross, is a former UI rhetoric professor.

The film is not appropriate for younger viewers. For more information, contact Scott Siegling via e-mail at or by phone at 319-335-2752.