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 20, 2020


Upstander Project’s documentary film Dawnland tells the story of the removal of Native American children from their homes in Maine, and the trailblazing Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission that was formed to begin the process of healing, cooperation, and justice. The people of the four tribes of Maine, collectively known as the Wabanaki, were subjected to the forced removal of their children for placement in white homes and boarding schools even as recently as the 1970s. Maine is the first state in the country to initiate a Native American truth and reconciliation effort. Dawnland aired on Independent Lens in November 2018 and was awarded an Emmy® for outstanding research in 2019.

After the film, educator and scholar Julie Geredien will facilitate a discussion based on her study of Truth and Reconciliation work both globally and in the U.S. Her published work includes a book chapter on “The Great Law of Peace and the Influence of Iroquois Women and Policies on Early US Women Suffragists.” Geredien is dedicated to sharing deepened understandings about law, mental health and peace that promote individual and social healing transformation.

The January Reel and Meal program is sponsored by the Baha’i Community of Greenbelt as part of its continuing efforts to stimulate community discourse about topics related to peace, human rights, and the oneness of humanity, which are core principles of The Bahá’í Faith.

For more about this film, contact Joy Allchin mailto:.