Information about documentaries.

Sun Nov 3

In Baltimore, 33% of residents don’t have access to a car and low-income or minority households are more likely to use bikes as a necessary mode of transportation to work or school. Yet many women and people of color find barriers to bicycling in their paths. These individuals often feel less welcome in biking spaces, live in neighborhoods that lack bike infrastructure, and are more likely to experience street harassment. Take a ride with us as we tour the Highlandtown community on two wheels and experience some of the challenges that cyclists in our community face first hand. Following the ride, stick around for a screening of Afghan Cycles which uses the bicycle to tell a story of women’s rights - human rights - and the struggles faced by Afghan women every day.

Sun Nov 10

"Not a Film Fest: Anticolonial Conversations in Baltimore" explores the theme of social justice movements of the past and present that have largely been unrecognized or misrepresented. By crafting a program anchored in film, lively conversation, and debate, we aim to make clear the intimate (and sometimes problematic) connections between our national struggles and those that occur internationally. Our program includes a series of diverse events across Baltimore city that make clear the connections between liberation struggles - without regard to manufactured borders - and to inspire a local conversation of our deep commitment to justice and emancipation and its intersectional complexity through a global lens.

Thu Dec 5

Soufra follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon. The film follows Mariam as she sets out against all odds to change her fate by launching a successful catering company, “Soufra,” and then expand it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee women who now share this camp as their home. Together, they heal the wounds of war through the unifying power of food while taking their future into their own hands through an unrelenting belief in Mariam, and in each other. In the process, Mariam is breaking barriers by pulling together Syrian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Lebanese women to work side by side to form beautiful friendships while running this thriving business.

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