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Cinema Garden Party - VANISHING PEARLS + A THOUSAND SUNS (Earth Day 2019)

  • Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park 324 Hancock Street Brooklyn, NY 11216 (map)

*postponed from 4/20 due to torrential rain

The Luminal Theater's CINEMA GARDEN PARTY outdoor film series celebrates Earth Day 2019 with environmentally conscious cinema, from and reflective of, the Black/African diaspora experience.

We’re a part of our long-standing partner, Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park’s all-day Earth Day celebrations, done in conjunction with Green Thumb! Join them from 10am to 10pm for an interactive environment filled with art and things to explore about our local and global environment. culminating in our springtime Cinema Garden Party screening.

It will be a day of enjoying the Earth and sharing ways we can enjoy it even more.

FREE admission. RSVP at


Nailah Jefferson's VANISHING PEARLS chronicles the untold story of personal and professional devastation in Pointe à la Hache, a close-knit fishing village on the Gulf coast, following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  It delves into the worst environmental disaster in American history just as news cameras leave the scene of the crime. While 49 million barrels of oil settle in the once vibrant coastal waters, a generations-old community of black fishermen pledge to fight for justice, accountability and their way of life.

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The people of Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley hold a unique worldview as this isolated area has remained remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years. Shot in Ethiopia, New York, and Kenya, the film explores the modern world's untenable sense of separation from and superiority over nature and how the interconnected worldview of the Gamo people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the region and beyond. Shown in cooperation with the Global Oneness Project.


doors open at 7pm

films begin at sundown

Special thanks to ARRAY and to the Global Oneness Project

The Cinema Garden Party is sponsored, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).