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.

July 20, 2020


Reel and Meal presents via ZOOM the documentary Illegal, a documentary by Lazaro Ayala about his escape from the civil war in El Salvador in 1980 by coming to the United States in the trunk of a car. In due course he became a citizen and an entrepreneur. He counters the right-wing rhetoric so prevalent these past four years by depicting examples of real people seeking refuge in USA. This program is a preview of a film to be included in the 2020 Utopia Film Festival. For more information about it contact Frank Gervasi, .

The program starts at 7 pm. Plan to sign in to the Zoom meeting by 6:45 to ensure being admitted on time.
Register at