BELFAST — Midcoast Maine Reparations Collective (MMRC) presents “Lights, Camera, Educate,” a five-part film series that centers on Black history, celebrates artists of color, and raises money for Black land ownership in Maine. Join MMRC for nights of learning and
engage with the local community. Attendance at the films is free. Please bring a donation for the fundraiser if you are able.

All showtimes are at 6:30 p.m. Films and screening dates are: Saturday, Jan. 29, “13th,” First Church; Saturday, Feb. 5, “Hale County This Morning This Evening,” UU Church; Wednesday, Feb. 9, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” First Church; Wednesday, Feb. 16, “For Ahkeem,” UU Church; and Saturday, Feb. 26, Film TBD, First Church. The First Church is located at 8 Court St. and the UU Church is at 37 Miller St.

After each film, attendees are invited to stay for a brief sharing and discussion circle to share the emotions and observations experienced in each film.

This event is a fundraiser for Rise and Shine Youth Retreat to fund Onederland Park, Maine’s only Black owned, led, and focused earth-based learning and healing center that directly caters to and meets the cultural needs of the BIPOC community in Maine and beyond. Since 2014, Rise and Shine Youth Retreat has been fostering meaningful relationships between Black people and nature through cooperative living, wellness retreats, residences, and outdoor exploration/celebration. Rise and Shine is fundraising $1.2 million for land acquisition.

“Lights, Camera, Educate” is sponsored by local Belfast businesses the Belfast Co-Op, The GreenStore, People Places Things, and Old Professor’s Bookshop.

Due to COVID, masks will be required. Attendees must also RSVP, as there is limited space available. Register at bit.ly/lightscameraeducate or call or text (207) 573-0678. To get involved with MMRC or join the mailing list, email midcoast.maine.reparations@gmail.com.