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UCC Presents Screening, Discussion of Critically Acclaimed Film "Kemba" on Wednesday

originally published: 05/13/2024

UCC Presents Screening, Discussion of Critically Acclaimed Film "Kemba" on Wednesday

(NEWARK, NJ) -- A screening and discussion of the critically acclaimed film, "Kemba," which touches on themes of resilience and education, will be hosted for greater Newark community members by United Community Corporation (UCC). The event will take place Wednesday, May 15 at 4:00pm inside the West Side Park Community Center in Newark. While the event is open to the public, registration is required.

"Kemba" tells the true story of young Kemba Smith, whose life took a harrowing turn when she fell in love with a drug kingpin. The film explores Smith's journey as she grapples with life-altering consequences, shedding light on critical issues such as recognizing red flags, resilience, education, and the journey of criminal justice reform. Today, Smith stands as a symbol of advocacy and perseverance.

"We are excited to host this screening and discussion of 'Kemba,'" said Rhonda Battle, a life skills coordinator and case manager for UCC’s Community-based Violence Intervention program. "It is vital to create a space for conversations around these critical issues, and we hope that this event will inspire reflection, dialogue, and action among our community members."

Following the screening, attendees will get an opportunity to engage in a thought-provoking discussion led by Talitha Turner of Build People, Not Prisons, and the Brick City Peace Collective. Turner will delve into the film's themes and their relevance today, providing attendees with valuable insights and a chance for meaningful dialogue.

“We encourage the community to join us for a screening and discussion of 'Kemba,’ where we aim to celebrate resilience and empowerment. Through Kemba’s story, we hope attendees will explore the transformative power of advocacy and solidarity and engage in meaningful dialogue to inspire positive change,” said Yolanda Loney, director of Youth, Family and Senior Services at UCC.



 
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“Kemba challenges the glamorized narratives often distributed in the music, television shows and movies that many of our young people enjoy. It reveals some of the harsh realities that accompany certain lifestyles,” said Talitha Turner, program coordinator at Brick City Peace Collective. “It can serve as a cautionary tale for our youth about the dangers of the wrong crowd. The movie also highlights resilience, community and the power to create change amidst adversity. My hope is that watching this film empowers our young people to make positive choices and recognize their strength to shape their own destinies.”

The event was made possible by UCC’s partner Wellpoint and the Newark Centers of Hope, the Office of Victims of Crime, Build People, Not Prisons, Brick City Peace Collective, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, and Essex County.

Community members are welcome to take part in this opportunity to be part of an important dialogue. Register now to secure a spot at the screening and discussion of Kemba.

For registration and more information, click here.


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