#9 in Real and Meal Film Series – This Black Soil
May 11, 2008
The film, This Black Soil will be shown at the New Deal Café on Monday, May 19, beginning at 7:00 pm. It is sponsored by The Reel and Meal at the New Deal, which is a monthly film series that explores vital environmental and social issues and is sponsored by a consortium of Greenbelt organizations interested in preserving our environment. There is no charge for admission. Beginning at 6:30 pm an optional vegan buffet meal will be offered by Chef Karim for $12.00.
This Black Soil is an inspiring and provocative film that chronicles the successful struggle of Bayview, Virginia, a small rural African-American community, to pursue a new vision of prosperity. Catalyzed by the defeat of a state plan to build a maximum-security prison in their backyard, the powerful women leaders and residents proceeded to build a new community from the ground up. Under the leadership of visionary women, this new rural village challenges all conventional ideas of community development and includes not only improved and affordable housing, but a sustainable economic base to earn a living wage.