Film/Discussion on Community Organizing

Join filmmaker Craig Saddlemire for a screening of his recent documentary film, “Neighbor by Neighbor: Mobilizing an Invisible Community in Lewiston, Maine.”

Round Point Movies presenta
Vecin@ por Vecin@:
Movilizando una comunidad invisible en Lewiston, Maine

Un documental por documentalista de Lewiston, Craig Saddlemire, y
La Comunidad Visible

Film screening will be accompanied by a multi-lingual discussion with several groups in Worcester organizing for people power. It will be a chance to be inspired and to see how our struggles are linked, as well as begin a conversation about how we can be more connected.

Date: Monday, February 8
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Location: 5 Pleasant St., 2nd Floor, Downtown Worcester
It’s a POTLUCK: bring food if you can.
Wheelchair accessible.
Spanish interpretation available.

Película y discusión
6-8 p.m., lunes, el 8 de febrero, 2010
5 Pleasant Street, segundo piso, Centro de Worcester
Habrá interpretación al español.

Co-sponsors of this event/ Co-patrocinadores:

  • Stone Soup
  • Worcester Roots Project and the Toxic Soil Busters Co-op
  • Ex-prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA)
  • Neighbor to Neighbor, Worcester chapter
  • Save Our Poolz Coalition
  • Worcester Immigrant Coalition
  • Pleasant St Neighborhood Network Center
  • Mosaic Cultural Complex
  • Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team
  • Regional Environmental Council
  • Worcester Friends Meeting
  • Worcester Homeless Action Committee
  • Pernet Family Health

About the film:
In 2004, the city of Lewiston announced plans to flatten part of a downtown residential neighborhood to make way for a new four-lane boulevard — an urban renewal scheme that would have displaced 850 people, most of them low income, from their homes. Saddlemire followed residents of the targeted area as they worked together to defeat those plans, and in turn developed and pursued their own vision of neighborhood improvement. This story of ordinary people becoming community organizers and agents of their own destiny is not to be missed.

Flyer to Print (PDF, 1.4mb, )
Volante en español (PDF 1.4mb) | Más pequeño (JPG 200kb)

“In the wave of politically engaged documentaries made in the last decade, Neighbor by Neighbor stands out. This is not just a film about a social issue; it springs directly from the struggle for justice by the marginalized residents of one of America’s forgotten industrial cities. This is what political documentary should look like.”
Maple Razsa, activist/filmmaker, EnMasse Films

“An inspiring look at grassroots political organizing.”
Steve Dillon, film critic and scholar

“Uplifting, inspiring, and a reminder of how powerful community and human agency really are!”
Ashley Kehoe, Loyola University, Center for Experiential Learning

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