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Angels on Diamond Street
IDFA 2019

Angels on Diamond Street

Petr Lom
Netherlands, Norway
2019
88 min
World Premiere
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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
Director
Production
    Corinne van Egeraat for ZIN documentaire
    Corinne van Egeraat for ZIN documentaire
Co-production
    Ten Thousand Images,
    Johanna Dorothea Raita for TenThousandImages,
    Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas
    Ten Thousand Images,
    Johanna Dorothea Raita for TenThousandImages,
    Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas
Cinematography
Sound
    Aidan Un
    Aidan Un
Music
    Camille Yarbrough
    Camille Yarbrough
Involved TV Channel
    EOdocs
    EOdocs
Screening copy
    ZIN documentaire
    ZIN documentaire
Distribution for the Netherlands
    Cinema Delicatessen
    Cinema Delicatessen

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