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.

January 16, 2023


RiverBlue explores the dark side of jeans production. It is cheaper for companies to manufacture clothing in countries, such as China, Bangladesh or India, where there are no environmental laws against polluting waterways with toxic chemicals. The Pearl River in China is indigo blue because of the 200 million jeans manufactured there each year. Creating beautiful clothes in this way poisons the waterways that people need for their livelihood. Roger Williams, producer of the film, will lead the discussion following the film. Come learn about the companies that avoid using hazardous chemicals to manufacture the clothes we wear.

The film is free and live at 7 pm on Monday, January 16 at the New Deal Cafe and on Zoom. Online registration is required for “virtual” participants at For online attendees, the Greenbelt Co- op Supermarket offers a vegan option, Dodah’s Kitchen Spinach Lasagna, from the grab-and-go side of the deli’s hot-food case, available from 11 a.m. till 9 p.m. The Cafe offers a full menu, including several vegan options, for the live screening.

Reel and Meal at the New Deal is a monthly film series focused on environmental, social justice and animal rights issues, presented by the Utopia Film Festival and the Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition. For more information contact Douglas Igelsrud at .