RUST (2021). Directed by Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno. (86 min). Not rated

RUST is the third documentary in Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno’s 3Rs Trilogy on Urban America, featuring their home city of Newark, NJ. It follows the success of critically acclaimed, award-winning, national PBS broadcast REVOLUTION ’67 (2007) on riots/rebellions of the 1960s and THE RULE (2014) on urban school reform. RUST presents the history of Rust Belt poverty, detailing industrialization and deindustrialization, racism and mass incarceration, using the city of Newark as a microcosm. It explores solutions to inner city poverty through the voices of scholars, economists, physicians, activists, and the community.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Emmy-nominated, award-winning, husband-and-wife Newark filmmakers Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno, moderated by Dr. Jon Curley, NJIT, Senior University Lecturer, Humanities & Social Sciences.

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Location: Billy Johnson Auditorium

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