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March 8, 2021
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Brooklyn History Film Fest

By Lisa M. Collins

Fri., Dec. 3, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.: The Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival in partnership with the Brooklyn Historical Society presents three Brooklyn-focused documentaries, spanning 1964 to 2010, in a program titled, “Brooklyn Roots, Past and Present.”

The films explore personal journeys of people strongly rooted in the Brooklyn of yesterday and today. The features include:

To Brooklyn and Back: A Mohawk Journey (2009) is the personal story of Mohawk filmmaker Reaghan Tarbell. The film tells the story of the legendary Mohawk steelworkers and their families who travelled to north Gowanus in Brooklyn from the Kahnawake reserve in Canada to build the skyscrapers of New York City. Tarbell interweaves family interviews and archival footage to convey the long-standing roots of the Mohawk people in Brooklyn.

Incident on Wilson Street (1964). A special education teacher, Pegi Gorelick, at P.S. 16 in Williamsbrg, Brooklyn and her fifth-grade students face a crisis when one of the students, a girl, assaults another teacher. The film examines the complex social fabric and pressures that these children navigate as part of everyday life. The story involves parents, teachers, and students as they gain an understanding of the causes of the crisis, and work to improve the situation. Written and directed by William Jersey. (Shown in excerpted form).

Brooklyn Historical Society:

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