The 32nd annual Black Maria Film Festival tour will stop at the South Orange Public Library on Tuesday, April 16, at 7 PM. The program will consist of award-winning works selected from this year’s festival by some of the nation’s most prominent cutting-edge filmmakers, including the wonderful works of local filmmakers, Gerard Amsellem, Phil Weisman, and Emily Hubley.

One of the films to be shown is "Surf and Turf," which examines contemporary ambiguities in the lives of Syrian Orthodox Jews (before Hurricane Sandy hit) and how the local culture is changing with a continuing tide of newer immigrants in the New Jersey shore town of Deal.  Assimilation is an issue. The look is secular, the lifestyle capitalist and religious.

Other films included in the film showing are: “Our Trembling Way,” “Bartleby,” “And/Or,” “Fordland,” and “The Sea is Still Around Us.”

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The Black Maria Festival has often been awarded the New Jersey State Council of the Arts Citation for Excellence.  It is made possible in part by the New Jersey City University and NJ State Council on the Arts

There is no charge for the program and all are welcome to attend.  Refreshments will be served.  For further information, please contact Phyllis Kalb, Program Coordinator, at the South Orange Public Library (973) 762-0230, or email