OnÂ Saturday, June 19th at 8pm,Â celebrate Juneteenth at Tower Theater Miami with a special screening ofÂ WADE IN THE WATER: DROWNING IN RACISM. This short film, by Emmy-Award winning South Florida filmmakerÂ Cathleen Dean, dives deep into Black Floridaâ€™s 1960s fight for the right to swim in state beaches and swimming pools. After the film, participate in a live discussion with the filmmaker and Miami Film Festival / Tower Theaterâ€™s Director of Events ProgrammingÂ Nicolas CalzadaÂ in ourÂ post-screening reception. Special guestsÂ Maurice â€œMauiâ€ GoodbeerMaui, founder of StreetWaves,Â Thaddeus Gamory, faculty member with Center for Mind Body Medicine, Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships with Diversity in Aquatics and President SWIMS Foundation and Miriam Lynch Phd., Executive Director of Diversity in Aquatics will join the conversation. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
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From seaweed to lost beach balls, sun-seekers bump into all sorts of surprises swimming along Floridaâ€™s iconic beaches. For black swimmers however, thereâ€™s a complex history floating off Floridaâ€™s blue watersâ€”one of segregation and violence, but also one of protest and resistance. Thatâ€™s what Miami filmmaker Cathleen Dean explores in her new documentary, â€œWade in The Water: Drowning in Racism.â€ Diving deep into Black Floridaâ€™s fight for the right to swim, the film brings to life the 1960s Civil Rights protests that desegregated the stateâ€™s beaches and swimming pools.