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.
Due to Covid Reel and Meal events have moved to a Zoom format. 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: Greenbelt’s Co-op Grocery offers a vegan meal in support of Reel and Meal’s mission. Cost is $7.99 for participants. Phone in your pre-order to the deli at 301-474-0522 by 1:00pm on the day of the film for pick-up between 4:00pm and 7:00pm at the deli. Depending on demand, there may be dinners on a walk-in basis, if not pre-ordered. Location: Zoom
The death by “A Thousand Cuts” refers to the death of democracy — a slow wounding that makes democracy too weak to survive.
Nowhere is the erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation, more evident than in the authoritarian regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Director Ramona S. Diaz draws parallels between the rise of this Filipino strongman and that of Trump and other emergent autocrats.
Journalist Maria Ressa investigates Duterte’s war on drugs which has led to thousands of extrajudicial killings.
The film shows how fragile democracy can be, when a dictator threatens a free press and manipulates social media to spread disinformation.