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Larchmont Mamaroneck TV Airs Film About Housing Issues

The Martin Luther King Jr. Film Festival took place at the Mamaroneck Public Library.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Film Festival took place at the Mamaroneck Public Library. Photo Credit: Robert Christie

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- LMC-TV and the Mamaroneck Larchmont Tri-Municipal Human Rights Committee presents the documentary "The New Metropolis" Tuesday night, Feb. 5. The film, a two-part documentary series by filmmaker Andrea Torrice about America's first suburbs, will air at 8 p.m.

Part Two of the documentary, "The New Neighbors," was the focus of discussion for the housing panel held at the Mamaroneck Public Library during the committee's 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Film Festival last month.

“This year, the Tri-Municipal Human Rights Committee, which does an annual Martin Luther King Jr. event, wanted to do something where they would have people in the community participate by watching a short film about specific issues and then have a dialog about those issues," said Sharon Mosley of LMC-TV, who is also a member of the committee.

The event took place over three days, and three documentaries were shown that shed light on the themes of housing, segregation and fear, and voting. The goal was to engage the community in a conversation about how such topics may have local impact. 

"The New Metropolis," which was only shown in part at the event but will air in full tonight on LMC-TV, was part of a panel discussion on affordable housing that included speakers from the Washingtonville Housing Alliance, the Hispanic Resource Center of Larchmont, and the Westchester Not-For-Profit Housing Coalition.

“Martin Luther King Jr. was about equality for all and justice for people in all areas of American society. So, in light of that, we wanted to have an open forum talking about: are there inequities in housing? why do people fear each other? These are conversations we want the community to have," Mosley said. 

The documentary was made by filmmaker Andrea Torrice. Part One, "A Crack in the Pavement," narrated by Peter Coyote, features two first suburban officials struggling to fix their crumbling infrastructure and argues for regional cooperation. Part Two, "The New Neighbors," narrated by Ruby Dee, tells the story of two ordinary people, one black and one white, who successfully made racial integration the centerpiece of revitalizing Pennsauken, N.J.

Tune in on LMC-TV Cablevision Channel 75 or LMC-TV Verizon Fios Channel 36 to watch.

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