Town’s Civil Rights documentary to be screened at 2019 Gold Coast film fest

The Island Now

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, announced today that the Town-produced documentary Defining Moments: The Civil Rights Movement in North Hempstead, is part of the slate of films being shown at this year’s 2019 Gold Coast International Film Festival.

The film will be shown on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Soundview Cinema in Port Washington. The event is free and opened to the public and will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s participants.

The documentary highlights the stories related to the African American struggle for equality in the 20th Century during the Civil Rights Movement in North Hempstead. North Hempstead was at the epicenter of major triumphs of human rights as well as inequalities during this tumultuous time.

“We are thrilled to be part of the prestigious Gold Coast International Film Festival and to share this important film with everyone,” said North Hempstead Town Supervisor Bosworth. “The film provides a first-hand account of how local people here in North Hempstead, fought against bigotry and inequality and changed the world for the better.”

Guest speakers invited for the film screening include North Hempstead Supervisor Bosworth; Port Washington resident Marge Rogatz; Mineola resident Bernice Sims; Westbury resident Bernice Roberts; Dr. Hazel Dukes, formerly of Roslyn; and filmmaker Alan Ginsberg, formerly of Great Neck and other participants in the film.

The film is directed by NHTV Studio Director & LIXI Studios President Alan Ginsberg and was funded by a grant from the National Park Service (NPS).

The 40-minute documentary represents nearly two years of research, interviews, filming and editing. In addition to the documentary, individual “oral histories” of more than a dozen North Hempstead residents who had a role in the Civil Rights Movement are available for viewing at

For information about the film event, contact the Town’s 311 Call Center at 516-869-6311 or see

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