The city of Brookhaven will be screening “Underwater Dreams” on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Latin American Association, 2750 Buford Highway. “Underwater Dreams” is a film about an immigrant high school robotics team competing against such schools as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The “Welcoming Brookhaven Film Night” is the city’s first event as a Welcoming City, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that connects nonprofits and local governments. As a Welcoming City, Brookhaven said it wants to recognize the city’s immigrant population, especially the businesses and residents living on Buford Highway.

“By becoming a ‘Welcoming City’ we bolstered our commitment to foster engagement with all residents as well as newcomers to our great city of Brookhaven,” Councilmember Joe Gebbia said in a press release.

“In doing so we are better able to celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage that has made Buford Highway the ‘International Headquarters of the south,” Gebbia said. “By highlighting the immigrant experiences of high school students competing in a national robotics contest, this film is inspiring and I’m sure adults, kids, immigrants, non-immigrants, visitors and residents alike will enjoy it.”

After the screening, Councilmember Gebbia will lead residents and visitors in discussion about the benefits of having a diverse community.

The event has limited seating for attendees so visitors are encouraged to arrive early. The event is free and open to the public.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.

7 replies on “‘Welcoming Brookhaven Film Night’ about immigrant experience set for Feb. 8”

  1. A “Welcoming City”?

    Everyone knows ICE and BPD trolls that area of Buford Highway with a lot of brown people “stopped for questioning”- that common knowledge *finally* even made The New York Times.

    Gebbia can do all the PR stunts he wants, but if he truly cared about diversity he wouldn’t be deadset on turning Buford Highway into Buckhead using bully tactics and eminent domain.

  2. If anyone goes ask Joe why they’re taking away liquor licenses on Buford Highway near the Greenway.

    Just kidding- we already know the answer.

    1. “Think Again” I am calling you out as a Troll. I recommend you attend the movie screening and if you feel so strongly about your opinion afterwards then say it in public with your name and face attached so your neighbors know who you are.

      1. “Think Again” probably is a troll, but sadly his/her views are the same as a lot of Brookhaven’s residents that live in “nice homes”.

  3. Thanks Joe for supporting the Welcoming City.
    I look forward to seeing watching the documentary.

    You should invite Cross Keys robotics club.

    Thanks again Joe.

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