The Park Center for Independent Media and the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) present an online discussion on “America Street, a feature-length documentary by Idrissou Mora-Kpai (Ithaca College) on Wednesday, September 23, at 4 p.m. (EDT). 

This discussion follows the world theatrical premiere of the documentary in September at Cinemapolis via their Virtual Cinema platform. The film opens on Friday, September 18, for a one-week exclusive theatrical run. The screening is accessible to anyone anywhere in the world. 

Access the film via Cinemapolis starting September 18 for a nominal ticket fee: 

America Street follows Joe, the owner of a small corner store at the heart of a disappearing Black community in Charleston, South Carolina, resisting the city’s mounting forces of gentrification and racial violence, including the police killing of Walter Scott. Since its filming in 2015, the documentary has become increasingly relevant, especially following this summer’s racial violence and protests. 

As a West African immigrant and filmmaker, Mora-Kpai and this film offer unique insights to tackling race and racism in “a country that feels, in many ways, increasingly unwelcoming towards black bodies.” 


Idrissou Mora-Kpai, Assistant Professor at Ithaca College, Filmmaker
Reece Auguiste, Associate Professor of Critical Media Practices, University of Colorado, Boulder
Brett Bossard, Executive Director, Cinemapolis, Ithaca, NY
R.A. Judy, Professor of Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Janet Walker, Professor of Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

moderated by Dr.  Patricia Zimmermann, Professor at Ithaca College, co-director of FLEFF

Join us for this Panel Discussion on documentary “America Street” at 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 .

Register in advance for this webinar here.