Documentary Screening: Contradiction, Potluck, +More

Jeremiah Camara travels the country examining the paradox of Black neighborhoods saturated with churches in the midst of poverty, deprivation and despondency. Camara seeks to find if there is a correlation between high-praise and low-productivity.

Location and Cost

We're proud to host this event at the Sacramento Reason Center, near CalExpo.

This is a free event that is open to the public.

5:00 - Doors Open, Potluck, Meet-n-Greet

Please join us at 5 PM for some light food and drink. Bring something to share if you like (use the comments to say what you're bringing), or just show up and enjoy the evening.

We'll provide drinks, napkins, utensils, and plates.

This is also your chance to meet Victor Harris and some of our other guests for the evening.

6:00 - Feature Showing - Contradiction

One cannot deny the historical value of belief and deep faith in the narrative of Black life in America, but the tradition of using prayer as a first-line of defense and relying upon supernatural intervention to solve problems in an age of information, reflects a people that are operating outside the context of a modern paradigm.

If God answers all things (according to the Bible) and if praise, worship, belief and love for God are prerequisites to prosperity, then why are Blacks, as a collective, in such a non-prosperous position?

Can there possibly be a connection between high-praise and low-productivity? This analysis is the crux of the film.

The film is approximately 90 minutes.

7:40 - Filmmaker Interview via Skype

Producer, director, and writer Jeremiah Camara will join us via Skype for a live Q&A about his film, Contradiction. (Tentatively planned.)

8:00 - Poet Victor Harris

Having been featured at the Reason Rally in Washington DC Sacramento Freethought Day, and numerous other secular events, Victor Harris will perform and speak about his experience as a Black atheist living in the Bay Area.

8:30 - Other Speakers and Guests

Closing our evening will be a few words from other invited speakers and guests.

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  • Betsy

    I was SO sorry to miss this. It was a long weekend, so I was away. Darnit. Any chance it can be shown again???

    September 4

    • Judy S.

      Not on Netflix. But, The Unbelievers just came to Netflix.

      2 · September 5

    • Ryan D.

      Thanks Judy....I was checking for Unbelievers on Netflix last week. Cool

      September 6

  • Bakari

    Great event. Looking forward to supporting and promoting the success of the documentary. Thanks David for organizing this event.

    2 · August 31

  • P.Walker

    I had been waiting for an opportunity to see this documentary for a long time, and I will have to say, I was not disappointed. I only wish there was a way to get large swaths of the Black community to sit and watch this amazing documentary. This film is compelling enough to cause some people to consider questioning their beliefs.

    3 · August 31

  • Ryan D.

    I am bringing chocolate chip fav! Sorry. will not be home made.

    3 · August 27

    • doug

      Some of my cookies during my "natural and organic" days in the early 1990's were less than mouthwatering. We will be bringing cut fruit instead.

      1 · August 30

    • David J.

      I snagged one and had it when I got home. Best Chocolate cookie I ever Had. Where did you get them. I am hooked. Better Cookie than God.

      1 · August 31

  • David D.

    Thanks, everyone, for coming and making this a great evening. I loved hearing the personal stories at the end and I'm proud to have hosted an event that drew so many people together. We'll have to do this again.

    We also collected $93 which perfectly covered our room rental and the few other things we needed for the evening. Thanks to those who donated and brought food to the potluck!

    4 · August 31

  • Toomanyquestions

    I am watching this youtube video that connects with what we watched and discussed last night, I'd like to share it as it is interesting and I think others may enjoy it.

    1 · August 31

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any chance there will be a streaming/taped version on the Q&A session?

    August 30

    • David D.

      Anne, that's a great idea but unfortunately we didn't get around to it. I'm so sorry you missed it and hope you're feeling better.

      August 31

  • David D.

    Hey everyone. We're interested in make sure that the African American community in Sacramento knows about this movie and event.

    If anyone has ideas how to promote it outside of SacFAN, please suggest them or volunteer to help out.

    2 · May 29

    • Tom I.

      Wendy and I are bringing Vegan Mac and Cheez.

      3 · August 29

    • Toomanyquestions

      Your vegan mac & cheese was the bomb, any chance you would be willing to share the recipe?

      1 · August 31

  • Joseph L.

    On prayer: For those who believe in prayer, it should only be necessary to pray to the Christian God once in a lifetime. Once He hears your prayer, He need not be reminded again because He is believed to be all knowing, which should include an infinite memory. A simple prayer might be simply: "Help!" Come to think of it, if this God is all knowing, then He already knows you need help, so it is unnecessary to pray at all. Thus the logical conclusion is that prayer itself is totally unnecessary. Perhaps, in the same vein, church is also unnecessary. As was surmised in the film, perhaps Sundays would be better spent in more productive activities than church.

    2 · August 31

  • Fran E.

    This was a wonderful experience. Thoughtful intelligence is unifying.

    6 · August 30

  • A former member
    A former member

    We had really been looking forward to this but have gotten sick and will have to miss. Thanks for setting it up!

    1 · August 30

  • Janet O.

    I will be arriving close to 6, but I will volunteer to put chairs away.

    2 · August 30

  • David D.

    If anyone would like to help set up chairs and such, please arrive between 4:30 and 5:00.

    August 30

  • Mashariki

    I'm bringing a salami and cheese tray as well as some pretzel crisps.

    1 · August 30

  • Bakari

    Very useful books to read about African Americans and religion:

    "The Ebony Exodus Project: Why Some Black Women Are Walking Out on Religion—and Others Should Too," by Candace R. M. Gorhamy "Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels," by Sikivu Hutchinson

    "Writing God's Obituary: How a Good Methodist Became a Better Atheist," by Anthony B. Pinn

    Thanks for planning this event.

    5 · August 22

    • Janet O.

      Thanks for suggesting these books. I'm not sure if I can attend so related books are good to have as option.

      1 · August 29

  • Kira D.

    We will bring chips and salsa! :)

    2 · August 28

  • Nancy S

    Green salad, rolls.

    3 · August 28

  • Kenneth E. N.

    This explains why The Observer has never mentioned Freethought Day or Darwin Day on its community calendar, though we send a press release every year. Oh well, we can only keep trying.

    2 · August 28

  • Lark M.

    Terrific!!. I was thinking of sending Larry info on the event but I will hold off. I heard him speak recently & he related that a substantial amount of subscriptions were held by the religious black community. This topic will be extremely controversial & very unpopular..

    2 · August 27

    • David D.

      He hasn't returned my call, so please to reach out to him. I would love for him to attend and maybe even speak for a few minutes about his feelings on the matter. And certainly to promote the event if he wishes.

      1 · August 27

    • David D.

      (Though we only have room for about 50 more people.)

      August 27

  • Lark M.

    "The Observer" is Sacramento's nationally recognized award winning newspaper focusing on black culture. Dr. Bill Lee, retired owner, led the local paper in receiving national recognition & 6 awards of excellence in journalism. His son, Larry, is now managing the newspaper & doing a fine job. "The Observer" is located at : 2330 Alhambra Blvd, Sacto. 95817. Phone (916)[masked]

    3 · August 27

    • David D.

      Thanks! I've left a message for Larry.

      1 · August 27

  • Fran E.

    I'll bring some things to drink (no alcohol of course).

    1 · August 25

  • Rae H.

    I'm making cheese popcorn....seems appropriate. Can we bring beer?

    August 21

  • Dina

    I'll bring a pasta dish.

    1 · August 15

  • Judy S.

    This looks wonderful! I'm sorry I'll be out of town. I'd have loved to attend otherwise. Great topic.

    July 30

  • David D.

    This event has been rescheduled to Saturday, August 30th, at 5:00 PM and will be at the new Reason Center.

    1 · June 21

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