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PCIM & FLEFF present: panel discussion on of the documentary “America Street”

Contributed by Brandy Hawley on 09/22/20 

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The Park Center for Independent Media and the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival are organizing a panel discussion on September 23 for the world theatrical premiere through Cinemapolis of the documentary “America Street” by acclaimed West African filmmaker and Ithaca College professor Idrissou Mora-Kpai. 

Wednesday, September 23, at 4 p.m. (EDT). 

This discussion follows the world theatrical premiere of the documentary “America Street” by IC Professor Idrissou Mora-Kpai through Cinemapolis via their Virtual Cinema platform. The film opens on Friday, September 18, for a one-week exclusive theatrical run. In collaboration with Ithaca College Constitution Day.

Access the film via Cinemapolis starting September 18 for a nominal ticket fee: . The screening is accessible to anyone anywhere in the world.

Register in advance for this webinar:

America Street follows Joe, the owner of a small corner store at the heart of a disappearing Black community in Charleston, South Carolina, resisting the city’s mounting forces of gentrification and racial violence, including the police killing of Walter Scott. Since its filming in 2015, the documentary has become increasingly relevant, especially following this summer’s racial violence and protests. 

As a West African immigrant and filmmaker, Mora-Kpai and this film offer unique insights to tackling race and racism in “a country that feels, in many ways, increasingly unwelcoming towards black bodies.” 


Idrissou Mora-Kpai, Assistant Professor at Ithaca College, Filmmaker

Reece Auguiste, Associate Professor of Critical Media Practices, University of Colorado, Boulder

Brett Bossard, Executive Director, Cinemapolis, Ithaca, NY

R.A. Judy, Professor of Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Janet Walker, Professor of Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Moderated by Dr.  Patricia Zimmermann, Professor at Ithaca College, co-director of FLEFF

See the Facebook event here.


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