CaribBEING, a local nonprofit organization that puts on the annual Flatbush Film Festival and is run by neighbor Shelley Worrell, is teaming up with Councilman Jumaane Williams to co-host a free screening of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” tomorrow night (Tuesday, August 26) at the West Quad Center of Brooklyn College. Doors open at 6:30pm at the Brooklyn College center, located at 2900 Bedford Avenue, and the movie will begin at sundown.
The movie, based on the 1995 autobiographical book, “Long Walk to Freedom,” by the former South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, marks the last night of the Summer Night Movie Series, put on by caribBEING, Williams, the Citizens Committee for NYC, and Sesame Flyers.
Tuesday’s event will open with Hasidim, Jamaican, and South African music – and, just prior to the screening, a short film titled “Project 2X1,” a Google Glass documentary exploring the distinct cultures of the Hasidic and West Indian communities living side-by-side in Crown Heights, will be shown.
For more information, contact Farah Louis, director of community outreach for Williams at (718) 629-2900, or caribBeing’s Shelley Worell at (347) 850-0475.
Williams and caribBEING are also joining forces to host the “Pre-Labor Day Summer Senior Concert” on Wednesday, August 27 at Amersfort Park, located on Avenue I between East 38 and East 39 Streets. The concert will run from 2pm to 5pm, and the event is also being sponsored by Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, Golden Crust, Chef’s Choice, Millenium Development, Emblem Health, and Sesame Flyers.
Free and open to the public, the concert will feature musical performances by East Flatbush Village Performers, Remsen Zumba Dancers, the IET Band, and the Sesame Flyers Steel Pan Orchestra. Each year, this concert has been a way to thank elders of the 45th District, who in countless ways, have trail blazed a path for our community to enjoy the many freedoms we have today, Williams said in a press release.
“Our elders are the backbone and the brain trust of this community,” Williams stated in the same release. “This concert is but one expression of how much we care and how committed we are to their well-being. It’s even better that we were able to do so with the music of our shared Caribbean heritage, a heritage that fills my Grenadian heart with deep pride.”
For more information about the concert, contact Farah Louis, director of community outreach for Williams at (718) 629-2900.
Images via Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.