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Program 10: The U.K.'s Obama Is Coming - 'The Mayor's Race' (Free Early Show)

  • Cinema Village 22 East 12th Street New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

The Mayor’s Race - A mixed-race child, Marvin grew up with his single mother in Bristol's ghettos in the UK with prostitution, violence and poverty as a daily occurrence. Ever since, Marvin had the desire to go against the injustices he experienced and decides to run for mayor. Despite his charisma and intellect, his biggest battle is believing anyone will take this black guy from the ghetto seriously.

In a tight race, he must accept his loss in front of rolling cameras. Though feeling personally ashamed, losing for him has a greater significance as the the city has a history of treating its black immigrants like no other.

Bristol was part of the slave trade, was struck by a civil rights movement in the 1960's inspired by Martin Luther King and had the black youth revolting in the 1980's, which caused a nationwide riot. Today it is the increasing fear of muslims that shatters the city.

Despite his doubts, Marvin decides to run again. More professional, stronger and with the vital support of the Muslim-Somali community. Will he manage to break the circle of history and become the first mayor of African decent of a city in Europe? (2018, 1 hr 20 min, U.K.)

Shorts (to precede):

Triangle Fire - Remembering the 1911 NYC factory fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company that led to major labor reforms. (2019, 4 min)

Putting Out Fires: The School Bus Crisis of Richmond County - TWU Local 239 in Augusta, GA is fighting back against environmental hazards that are plaguing school bus drivers, mechanics, monitors and school children. (2019, 12 min)