Filmmaker to screen documentary “City of Memory”

City of MemoryAcclaimed filmmaker Robert Adanto will visit Harper College to screen his film, “City of Memory,” which documents artists’ response to the psychological and physical devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

The free screening, followed by a Q&A with Adanto, is open to the community. It will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Building E, Room E108, on the College’s main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

Adanto’s film explores the ways in which the cataclysmic events in the wake of Hurricane Katrina became imprinted on the memory of visual artists who lived through them. From what looked like the death of a great American city emerged a generation of artists whose energy might prove a source of renewal for the rest of the world.

Since Adanto made his directorial debut in 2008, his films have been official selections at more than 50 international film festivals. He previously visited campus in 2012 for Harper’s International Education Week to screen “The Rising Tide,” which explores China’s march toward the future through the work of talented photographers and artists.

“Robert is a classically trained actor, a teacher and filmmaker who brings a very interesting and contemporary perspective to what’s happening in the arts,” Associate Professor Stephany Rimland said.

To see the movie’s trailer, visit

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Last Updated: 11/3/21