“There but for the Grace of God: responding to the revelation” will hold a “We Thank You Reception and Film Screening on Tues., July 16, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Rondo Community Outreach Library – Multi-Purpose Room, 461 Dale Street North, Saint Paul, MN 55104.
The film chronicles a day-in-the-life of a homeless woman and includes a walk through a neighborhood mobilizing to keep its residents from a similar fate. The film reminds viewers of the loss of home and business experienced by the historically African American Rondo neighborhood when Interstate 94 was constructed almost sixty years ago. The residents of neighboring Frogtown today are addressing the adverse conditions of foreclosure and displacement head-on during the construction of another major transportation system – the Central Corridor Light Rail.
More than an expose’ the film, captures people experiencing poverty and homelessness. It portrays the prevailing conditions, with candid speech on how it makes them feel and causes them to act.
The creators of the docu-drama invite the public to an appreciation screening to thank the community folk that helped make it happen. The great, big “Thank You” includes the premiere screening of the film that encourages us to “see homeless” and its presence in our community.
The film project was made possible through an artist-led creative placemaking initiative. It was written and directed by Brenda Bell Brown. It was produced in collaboration with lead videographer Nolan Regan Morice, associate videographer Marcos Juarez-Gosselini, narrator-interviewer and community Collaborator Yvette Howie.
The “We Thank You” Reception and film screening is free and open to the public. Signing will be provided for the hearing-impaired.