Angels on Diamond Street

  • Petr Lom
  • Netherlands, Norway
  • 2019
  • 88 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

The Advocate Cafe, the soup kitchen at the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia, is 34 years old and has its roots in the Black Panther Party. It was established as part of a food program, and it’s still an anchor point in one of Philadelphia’s poorest neighborhoods. With a sympathetic eye, filmmaker Petr Lom follows the kitchen staff, volunteers and guests for two years, and records what happens when an undocumented Mexican family asks for sanctuary at the church.

As pastor Renee McKenzie points out, reaching out to undocumented immigrants marks a new chapter in the church’s long tradition of social justice activism. And so, a classroom in the church basement is converted into a home for Carmela Hernandez and her four children. Helping those in need is all about “giving back,” in the words of former Black Panther Barbara Easley-Cox, who has been involved with the church and the cafe since the early days. Or, as she determinedly states in this heartening film, “Carmela’s story is our story.”

Credits

  • 88 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles in: English (Closed Captioned)
Director
Petr Lom
Production
Corinne van Egeraat / ZIN documentaire
Co-production
Ten Thousand Images, Johanna Dorothea Raita for TenThousandImages, Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas
Cinematography
Petr Lom
Editing
Dorith Vinken

IDFA history

2019
World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

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