After taking a week off, local Community Development Corporation Heart of the City Neighborhoods (HOCN) will continue presenting its film series titled “Building a Movement: A Nickel City Film Series” this week. The series has two more films remaining:” Welcome to Shelbyville” and “Waiting for Superman.”
Although many of Heart of the City’s programs tackle quality, affordable housing development, they also strive to provide events and activities that help build a strong, sustainable community.
According to Heart of the City, “Building a Movement: A Nickel City Film Series” looks at other issues hindering sustainable communities in Buffalo. The screenings will continue to be held at the Theatre of Youth/Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen Street, on Wednesday nights during the month of July – the community is invited to come to the remaining free screenings of five documentaries that focus on social issues relevant to Buffalo.
These documentaries give an in-depth look into gentrification, community gardens, refugee resettlement and health-care and educational inequalities. Following each screening, a panel of local educators and leaders discuss these issues raised by the films. Heart of the City invites the community to join them for this free community event.
HOCN will be screening the documentary “Welcome to Shelbyville,” which will explore how longtime African-American and white residents are challenged with the best way to integrated with a growing Latino population and the more recent arrival of hundreds of Somali refugees in the small southern town of Shelbyville, Tennessee On Wednesday, July 13 at 7pm.
“We want to open discussion on how to better help new Buffalonians who have immigrated or resettled here,” says Community Outreach Coordinator Jennifer Yuhnke. “Many residents of the city don’t realize that there are refugees in Buffalo, or that there are amazing organizations working to assist them.”
This panel discussion features VIVE, Inc.’s Kimberly Clouse, H.E.A.L. International’s Hassan Farah, and Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc.’s Molly Short. The discussion will be moderated by Stephanie Simeon of Heart of the City.