WHRO Public Media's Emerging Leaders Board is once again partnering with a national public media documentary company to create opportunities for community dialogues around crucial topics. Throughout the year, the board will work with Independent Lens, America’s home for independent documentary film, to provide Indie Lens Pop-Ups, “a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations.”

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2024 Schedule:

All screenings take place at The Slover in Norfolk, Va.
235 E Plume St, Norfolk, VA 23510

January 25, 6:30 p.m. - Razing Liberty Square | Register to attend
Eight miles inland of Miami’s beaches, Liberty City residents fight to save their community from climate gentrification: their land, sitting on a ridge, becomes real estate gold.

February 15, 6:30 p.m.- Breaking the News
A group of women and LGBTQ+ journalists, bucking the white male status quo, launch The 19th*—a digital news startup that asks who has been omitted from mainstream coverage and how they can be included.

April 4, 6:30 p.m. - Matter of Mind: My Parkinson's
Nearly 1 million Americans currently live with Parkinson’s disease, and Matter of Mind: My Parkinson’s highlights the commitment of doctors, scientists, and caretakers working tirelessly to find breakthrough treatments and ultimately cures for these illnesses.

May 16, 6:30 p.m. - The Tuba Thieves
Music isn’t necessarily about listening, and hearing is not always an auditory experience. The Tuba Thieves is a holistic exploration of musicality and the expansion of sound.

About Indie Lens Pop-Ups

These events will be premiere screenings of upcoming Independent Lens broadcasts to include local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics and social issues, to family and community relationships.

As communities continue to find ways to come together and learn from one another, Indie Lens Pop-Up events provide a space to watch and discuss timely topics explored in its documentaries at hundreds of events hosted by partners across the nation. Since its inception in 2005, more than 6,500 Indie Lens Pop-Up events have brought an estimated 380,000 participants together to discuss issues that impact local communities.

For more info on our Emerging Leaders Board, visit whro.org/elb.