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Let  the Little Light Shine

Let the Little Light Shine

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Brooklyn Army Terminal

80 58th St

Brooklyn, NY 11220

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A high-achieving elementary school in Chicago is a lifeline for Black children, until gentrification threatens its closure.

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Date: Saturday, June 25th

Venue: Brooklyn Army Terminal

Address: 80 58th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220

8:00 PM: Doors Open

9:00 PM: Films Begin

THE FILMS

Let the Little Light Shine

Kevin Shaw | 2022 | US | 86 mins

Let the Little Light Shine is about a high-performing, top-ranked African American elementary school in Chicago, The National Teachers Academy (NTA), which is threatened to be closed and transformed into a high school favoring the needs of the community’s wealthier residents. Parents, students, and educators mobilize to fight for the elementary school’s survival.

The story follows everyday parents-turned-organizers, alongside NTA students and staff, as they advocate to keep their elementary school which is a safe haven for children and a community bedrock in Chicago’s fastest growing neighborhood, The South Loop.

The film also posits the point-of-view of residents in favor of changing NTA into a high school that is sorely needed for its neighborhood. The theme of gentrification is rarely viewed through this lens of education, where “well-intentions” can be critically viewed as privileged desires, creating a disconnect dividing and reshaping communities across the country.

Under-resourced schools across the United States have been closed due to underperformance, but Let the Little Light Shine tells a unique story of a high-performing school with a 100% graduation rate potentially being shuttered for the benefit of a higher social strata.

preceded by El Carrito

Zahida Pirani | 2021 | US | 15

Nelly lives alone with her elderly father. The only way she makes ends meet is by working as a street vendor from dawn to dusk. She has learned not to trust anyone until one day she is forced to take a leap of faith or be resigned to her position forever.

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RSVP DOES NOT GUARANTEE ENTRY. SEATING IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.

IN THE EVENT OF RAIN, SHOW WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT THE SAME LOCATION. NO ALCOHOL IS PERMITTED.

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FAQs

Can I bring food and drinks?

No alcoholic beverages are allowed. Feel free to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages! Food and drink must be consumed while you are sitting in your designated area.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Masks are encouraged while interacting with staff outdoors.

COVID-19 safety measures and requirements may be updated or changed based on current guidance at the time of the event.

Where will the screening take place within Brooklyn Army Terminal?

Check in will be through the entrance at 80 58th Street, but the screening location will be down at the end of the pier. Please contact us if someone in your party will need assistance getting to the location.

How accessible is this venue?

This venue will be entirely one level, with the exception of a ramp at the entrance, making it very accessible. The venue is approximately a 15 minute walk from the nearest subway station. If this brings up any concerns, please email us at tickets@rooftopfilms.com or call at 718-417-7362 for more information.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Rooftop Films are open to all ages.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

For a full list of Rooftop Films venues and directions visit www.rooftopfilms.com/venues

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

It is not necessary to print your ticket. Our team will check the name on your RSVP at will call.

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