'Race to Save Brick City' documents mayoral race, premieres in Newark

A pair of young film-makers are bringing the Brick City to the silver screen with a documentary that chronicles the days leading up to Newark's mayoral election to be held next week. (5/8/14)

NEWARK - A pair of young film-makers are bringing the Brick City to the silver screen with a documentary that chronicles the days leading up to Newark's mayoral election to be held next week.

The producers of "Race to Save Brick City" followed Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries and they admit the process wasn't easy.

"Politics can be ugly, but at the end of the day you do need to learn about the candidates," says producer Ayana Stafford, "so you as a voter can make a conscious decision."

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The film's director, Jamal Hall, says he found out that the candidates can't make everybody happy. "That's the hard part about politics. But at the end of the day, it's worth it I guess," he says.

The film premiered at the Newark Cityplex Thursday night and the filmmakers say they are hoping to screen it at some other venues around the city leading up to next week's election.

They are also shopping the film in the hope that it could be screened at film festivals.

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