Reel and Meal at the New Deal

Reel and Meal is a monthly film series at the New Deal Cafe exploring vital environmental, animal rights, and social justice issues. Admission to the film is always free. The series is organized by the Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group, Green Vegan Networking and the Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition and sponsored by several Greenbelt community organizations. Contributions are gladly accepted to cover each month's donation to a non-profit organization.

Date: Third Monday of every month
Time: The free film starts at 7pm. Beginning at 6:30pm, a vegan buffet meal is offered by Chef Karim for $14.
Location: New Deal Cafe - 113 Centerway in historic Greenbelt, MD
Public transportation: The cafe is accessible by Metro Buses G12, 13, 14 and 16 from the Greenbelt Metro station.

July 18, 2016

Opening Our Eyes: the Power of One

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The July Reel and Meal will be in partnership with the Utopia Film Festival and features the winner of the 2012 Utopia Film Festival Visions Award, Opening Our Eyes: the Power of One, by Gail Mooney.

What makes us want to help others in need? Why are our spirits so fulfilled by such actions? To answer these questions, this film will present nine ordinary people on 6 continents doing extraordinary things to make a positive difference in the lives of others and themselves.

Maggie is a 19 year old American who traveled to Nepal, and built an orphanage and then a school to help some of the million homeless children there.

David is a doctor in Thailand who travels to remote Thai villages to give free medical care to those who have no access or means to get care. These are just 2 of several inspirational stories of charitable work being done by remarkable people.

Facilitating discussion will be: Dr. Ronda Ansted who advises people on how their talents and skills can fit best with charity work. She will moderate and discuss issues raised in the film. Harvey Hauptman is a "king lion" in the Lions club and will tell us a bit about their history and work, an organization started by one person. Beth Leamond will talk about the Peace Corps and about an American woman she knows who is living in Nicaragua after starting a worker co-op to help rural poor people earn a living there.

One of the qualities of a Utopia has to be a society where people care for and are cared about by each other. A world built on love rather than what we witness all too often in our human failings. The Utopia Film Festival tries to promote this better type of world; this film is one of our gems for that reason. Please come see an uplifting film with speakers and discussion to follow.