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.

March 21, 2016

Symphony of the Soil

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Symphony of the Soil, by filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia, is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time.

Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.

Discussion will be led by leaders of the D.C. Chapter of Biodiversity for a Livable Climate: Gina Angiola, Deputy Director, Sudheer Shukla, Outreach Specialist, and Philip Bogdonoff., Director. Dr. Angiola, a retired physician is an active advocate on climate change issues. She also serves on the Board of Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility. Mr. Shukla teahes college math, volunteers with Citizen’s Climate Lobby and Climate Change is Elementary. Mr. Bogdonoff is a recent past trustee of Friends Community School and a co-founder of the Sustainable Washington Alliance among many other roles.


This film is shown in partnership with the Greenbelt Climate Action Network (GCAN).