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Special Engagement! The Healing Passage - film and discussion

Due to bad weather on our original date, we are rescreening "The Healing Passage."

Join BloomBars as we commemorate Black History Month with a film which asks – "How do we heal from the residual pain of the Middle Passage?"

Film: The Healing Passage: Voices from the Water 
When: February 9, 2014  6:00 PM 
Donation: Suggested: $10 to support BloomBars and the work of Madea Allen. Free organic popcorn.

The Healing Passage: Voices from the Water (2004, 90 min), by S. Pearl Sharp - For more than 300 years Africans were carried from their homeland, across the Atlantic Ocean ("The Middle Passage"), into chattel slavery in the Americas. The residual impact of this African Holocaust still reverberates in the world today through psychological trauma, genetic memory and community consciousness. Cultural artists, along with historians and healers, explore the present-day residuals of the trans- Atlantic slave trade and use music, ritual, dolls, spoken word and visual art to create paths to healing.

Our screening will be followed by audience discussion facilitated by Madea Allen, certified health coach, chef and owner of Organic Soul Chef, LLC.

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PARKING: Street parking on 11th Street and on adjacent streets. (Be careful not to park @ Residential-Only spots). Consider arriving early and taking advantage of two nearby parking garages: *14th St near Target and BestBuy, and *Park Rd next to Giant Foods. Also, there's the Columbia Heights METRO Station on 14th Street.

PLEASE NOTE - BloomBars is a community-arts space not a restaurant or bar, so other than popcorn, no food is served. It does not have its own parking lot, so we encourage you to arrive on time and take advantage of the 2 nearby garages or the Metro station, as described above. Thank you!

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  • Madea A.

    Sending deep gratitude to all who showed up for the re-screening of "The Healing Passage" at BloomBars on Sunday. I learned so much from all who shared and hope that you, too, took something away from our post-film discussion. I love each and everyone of you!! As I shared, African dance is one of the ways that I transform the residual pain of the Middle Passage into something greater. Meditation is another tool that I use. In January I formed the DC Meditation and Movement Circle as a way to increase the health and happiness of DC residents. I invite you all to join the Meet Up here --->
    I teach a weekly meditation and dance class called "Soul Freedom Dance" on Fridays that you are welcome to come and experience. More information about the class can be found in the Meet Up.

    Wishing you all peace and freedom.


    February 11, 2014

  • T.R. G.

    I am out of town and will not be able to make the screening this evening. "How do we heal from the residual pain of the Middle Passage?" What a profound question. Looking forward to hearing feedback on the post-film discussion!

    1 · February 9, 2014

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