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Justice: A Dialogue Through Film is a series of film screenings and discussions at New Jersey public libraries, running from January-October 2010 on the theme of justice. This year’s selected films are A Place out of Time: The Bordentown School and Revolution ’67, two award-winning documentaries. Participating libraries will host a screening of either Revolution '67 or A Place out of Time, followed by a public discussion facilitated by a noted scholar and the film’s director(s), when possible.

For more information on the films, scroll down or click here.

 

A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School on PBS!

The film, which premiered on May 24th, will now be shown on WHYY12 and WNYC13. This acclaimed documentary, funded by NJCH, tells the story of the last all-black, publicly funded, co-educational boarding school north of the Mason-Dixon line. Be sure not to miss this remarkable film event!

Listen to excerpts from an interview with filmmaker Dave Davidson and alumnus Dr. Art Symes about the Bordentown School on NJCH's radio interview show Humanities Connection.


What are librarians saying about Justice: A Dialogue Through Film?

"Without this opportunity 45-50 people would have missed out on an event and documentary (A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School) of untold value. It was a 'memory maker' of an evening that without NJCH would NOT have been offered to our community."

Karen Kleppe Lembo, Caldwell Public Library

"We showed Revolution '67 to a large audience at the Highland Park Public Library and it was well received. People had a lot of questions and reactions to the interviews from major players during the period of the riots. The filmmakers had new material, a new focus and put it in to a context that reflects what is going on in Newark at the moment as well as in other cities."

Valeri Drach Weidmann, Highland Park Public Library 

"The screening and discussion of Revolution ’67 was one of the best events at the library this year. It was well attended, thought provoking, and provided a forum for meaningful community discussion.” 

Sarah Lester, Nutley Public Library

 

Audience members at Highland Park Public Library,

March 27, 2010

Past Screenings

Caldwell Public Library

February 2, 2010 at 6:30pm

A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Leslie Wilson, Montclair State University and Dave Davidson, filmmaker

West Windsor Branch, Mercer County Library System

February 8, 2010 at 7:00pm

A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Mark Krasovic, Rutgers University, and Dave Davidson, filmmaker

Franklin Township Community Center

February 17, 2010 at 6:30pm

A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Matthew Ruben, Bryn Mawr College and Dave Davidson, filmmaker

Paterson Free Public Library

February 18, 2010 at 5:00pm

A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Thomas McCabe, Rutgers University and Dave Davidson, filmmaker

Mount Laurel Library

February 20, 2010 at 2:00pm

A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Wayne Glasker, Rutgers University and Dave Davidson, filmmaker

Elizabeth Public Library

February 20, 2010 at 2:00pm

A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Chris Rasmussen, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Rockaway Township Public Library

February 21, 2010 at 1:30pm

A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Chris Rasmussen, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Dave Davidson, filmmaker

Camden Free Public Library in partnership with Camden County College (Screening will be held at the College's Camden Campus)

March 9, 2010 at 11:00am

A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Wayne Glasker, Rutgers University

Trenton Free Public Library

March 20, 2010 at 1:00pm

Revolution '67

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Mark

Krasovic, Rutgers University and

Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, filmmakers

Highland Park Public Library

March 27, 2010 at 2:00pm

Revolution '67

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Chris Rasmussen, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, filmmakers

Monmouth County Library, West Long Branch in partnership with Monmouth University Library(Screening will be held at the University's Campus)

March 31, 2010 at 2:30pm

A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Leslie Wilson, Montclair State University and Dave Davidson, filmmaker

New Brunswick Public Library in partnership with Rutgers Center for Race and Ethnicity(Screening will be held at the Alexander Library, Rutgers University)

April 13, 2010 at 7:00pm

A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Mark Krasovic, Rutgers University, and Dave Davidson, filmmaker

Middletown Township Public Library

April 13, 2010 at 6:30pm

Revolution ‘67

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Leslie Wilson, Montclair State University and Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, filmmakers

Burlington County Library System—Bordentown Branch

April 20, 2010 at 6:00pm

A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Matt Ruben, Bryn Mawr College, and David Davidson, filmmaker

Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center

April 23, 2010 at 7:00pm

Revolution ‘67

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Christina Collins, Harvard University, and Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, filmmakers

Camden County Library SystemVogelson Branch

April 24, 2010 at 2:00pm

Revolution ‘67

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Wayne Glasker, Rutgers University, and Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, filmmakers

Atlantic City Free Public Library

April 27, 2010 at 6:00pm

Revoltuion '67

Discussion facilitated by Dr. James Johnson, Rutgers University

Maplewood Public Library

April 28, 2010 at 7:00pm

Revolution ‘67

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Thomas McCabe, Rutgers University, and Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, filmmakers

Kinnelon Public Library

May 2, 2010 at 3:00pm

Revolution '67

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Mark Krasovic, Rutgers University, and Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, filmmakers

Nutley Public Library

May 11, 2010 at 6:30pm

Revolution'67

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Thomas McCabe, Rutgers University, and Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, filmmarkers

Collingswood Public Library

May 27, 2010 at 7:00pm

Revolution '67

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Bryant Simon, Temple University, and Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, filmmakers

Teaneck Public Library

June 4, 2010 at 10:30am

A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Chris Rasmussen, Farleigh Dickinson University, and Dave Davidson, filmmaker

Parsippany Troy Hills Public Library System (main library)

June 10, 2010 at 7:00pm

A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Mark Krasovic, Rutgers University, and Dave Davidson, filmmaker

Summit Free Public Library

June 15, 2010 at 6:30pm

Revolution '67

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Leslie Wilson, Montclair State University, and Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, filmmakers

Newark Public Library

June 23, 2010 at 6:00pm

Revolution '67

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Leslie Wilson, Montclair State University, and Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, filmmakers

Avalon Free Public Library and History Center

June 29, 2010 at 6:00pm

Revolution '67

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Wayne Glasker, Rutgers University, and Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, filmmakers

Library Company of Burlington and the Underground Railroad Educational Center

July 17, 2010 at 3:00 pm

A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Wayne Glasker, Rutgers University and Dave Davidson, filmmaker

Willingboro Public Library

August 26, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Revolution '67

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Wayne Glasker, Rutgers University,

and Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, filmmakers

Hoboken Public Library

September 29, 2010 at 6:00pm

Revolution '67

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Tom McCabe, Rutgers University, and Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, filmmakers

Atlantic County Library - Mays Landing

October 5, 2010 at 6:30pm

A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School

Discussion facilitated by Dr. James Johnson, Rutgers University

Morris County Public Library

October 9, 2010 at 2:00pm

Revolution '67

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Mark Krasovic, Rutgers University, and Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, filmmakers

Burlington County Library - Cinnaminson Branch

October 12, 2010 at 7:00pm

A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Mark Krasovic, Rutgers University, and Dave Davidson, filmmaker

Closter Public Library

October 12, 2010 at 7:00pm

Revolution '67

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Leslie Wilson, Montclair State University, and Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, filmmakers

Old Bridge Public Library

October 16, 2010 at 2pm

Revolution ‘67

Discussion facilitated by Leslie Wilson, Montclair State University, and Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, filmmakers

Millburn Free Public Library

October 24, 2010 at 2pm

Revolution ‘67

Discussion facilitated by Leslie Wilson, Montclair State University, and Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, filmmakers

Berkeley Heights Public Library

October 26, 2010 at 6:30pm

Revolution '67

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Mark Krasovic, Rutgers University, and Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, filmmakers

Cranford Public Library

October 27, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

Revolution ‘67

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Mark Krasovic, Rutgers University, and Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, filmmakers
 

 

The Films:

Revolution '67

National Guard Troops confront Newark residents, 1967.

Revolution ’67 recreates the six days in July 1967, when Newark, New Jersey, experienced one of the deadliest racial disturbances per capita in recent U.S. history. The days of the Newark rebellion formed a fateful milestone in America’s continuing struggles over race, economic justice, and corruption, recalling lessons as hard-learned then as they are dangerous to forget today. The film reconstructs the event that sparked the rebellion—the beating and arrest of a black taxi driver for a traffic violation—which caused members of Newark’s black community to rise up in protest against years of heavy-handed treatment by the police. Utilizing chilling archival footage and interviews with prominent social historians such as Clement Price (Rutgers University) and Kenneth Jackson (Columbia University) as well as participants in the events, including Tom Hayden, former New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne and writer Amiri Baraka, it is the winner of several prestigious awards for documentary filmmaking. Revolution ’67 has been broadcast on PBS’s award-winning series P.O.V. and has been screened across the nation and internationally. In every instance it has spurred discussion around issues of race, justice and urban development. (Photo donated by Corbis-Bettmann)

Filmmakers: Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno and Jerome Bongiorno

For more information on Revolution '67 see: Bongiorno Productions - Revolution '67

A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School

Bugler at the Manual Training and Industrial School for Colored Youth.A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School tells the little-known story of the last all-black, publicly funded, co-educational boarding school north of the Mason-Dixon Line. In a segregated society, a remarkable institution in Bordentown, New Jersey, prospered as an educational utopia and cultural oasis for African-Americans for more than 70 years. Founded in 1886, and forced to close in 1955 after the Brown v. Board of Education decision, the Bordentown School in its history mirrors the struggle of black education in America. Its demise was an unexpected casualty of the fight for social and educational justice in the Civil Rights Movement. The film raises the question of what happens to all-black institutions in a desegregated world. It features remarkable archival footage and interviews with historians and Bordentown School alumni. Viewers are guided by acclaimed actress Ruby Dee through this stirring portrait of a remarkable black cultural hub which thrived in a time when discrimination was both law and custom. A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School will be featured on PBS on May 24, 2010 and has been screened at numerous New Jersey film festivals, including the Newark Black Film Festival.

Filmmakers: Dave Davidson and Amber Edwards

For more information on A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School see: Hudson West Productions - A Place Out of Time

 

How can you learn more?

For more information, please contact Mary Rizzo by
phone at (609) 695-4838 or by email at mrizzo@njch.org.

 Judge Nelson Johnson, Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno and Jerome Bongiorno lead a discussion at a showing of Revolution '67 in Atlantic City, NJ on October 29, 2009.