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, sponsored by several Greenbelt community organizations. Contributions are gladly accepted to cover each month’s donation to a non-profit organization.

Reel and Meal events are in-person (limited seating) and online via Zoom.  Each month registration links will be posted here.  You can also reach out to Reel and Meal at

Date: Third Monday of every month
Time: The free film starts at 7pm.
Dinner: Dinners are available at the café after 4pm with several plant-based options.
Carryout: The Co-Op Supermarket Meatless Monday meals can be picked up from the “grab and go” for Zoom at-home viewing after 11am.
Location: Online or at the 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.

April 16, 2017

The Last Pig

The Last Pig

The month’s Reel and Meal is a collaboration with Green Vegan Networking and Compassion Over Killing (COK) with a generous grant from VegFund.

According to the UN, and in commemoration of Earth Day Month, the single most effective action you can take for the environment is to adopt a plant based diet. It is our hope that THE LAST PIG will help propel a shift in our community’s relationship to non-human beings and our capacity for compassion – while helping the planet.

THE LAST PIG follows former pig farmer Bob Comis, who now grows vegetables, throughout his very last year of raising and sending pigs to slaughter, as he comes to a powerful realization: that he now sees no difference between eating the trusting pigs he raised and eating other animals, like the dog he loves.

The film raises crucial questions about equality, the value of compassion and the sanctity of life. Bob Comis’ soul-bearing narrative carries us through his final year of farming pigs, the struggle to reinvent his life, and the ghosts that will haunt him forever.

THE LAST PIG is a lyrical meditation on what it means to be a sentient creature with the power to kill. Through sparse, intimate musings, the farmer reveals the growing conflict of a life spent “peddling in death.”

A representative from COK will address issues covered in the documentary and facilitate a conversation following the film. For more information, contact Cam MacQueen at .