Documentary about Newark mayoral race to premiere Thursday night

A new documentary made by Newark filmmakers about the city’s mayoral race will debut tomorrow night, just five days before the May 13 election day. 

The film, called The Race to Save Brick City, follows the campaign trials and tribulations of mayoral candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries, as well as their council candidates.

Producer Ayana Stafford of Leopard Stripes Productions partnered with director Jamal Hall of Dynomyte Films to create the documentary in the hope that the film will help Newark residents choose the best candidate to move the city forward. Among the Newark residents to be interviewed for the film is reporter Mark Bonamo.

A city-wide public screening of the documentary will be held on Thursday, May 8 at CityPlex12 Movie Theatre, 360-394 Springfield Avenue in Newark at 7:00 p.m.. General admission tickets are $12. Baraka and Jeffries are confirmed to attend, as well as former Newark Mayors Sharpe James and Kenneth Gibson. The evening features a live band and red carpet treatment in celebration of the two rivals uniting for this occasion.