Delmarva Roots series to close out 2013-14 season March 14

Two documentaries highlight transitions in communities
Patrons visit an Italian bakery in the Chambersburg section of Trenton, N.J., a neighborhood which is now home to a new wave of immigrants from Central and South America. SOURCE SUBMITTED
March 4, 2014

Rehoboth Beach Film Society and Milton Historical Society co-present Delmarva Roots, a three-part film series featuring films about Delmarva’s rich history. The third event of the 2014 series will take place at 7 p.m., Friday, March 14, with a screening of two films, “From The Burg to the Barrio” and “Pieces of Tangier,” at the Milton Fire Hall, 116 Front St., Milton.

Admission for this event is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the Rehoboth Beach Film Society at 302.645.9095, Ext. 1.

What happens when a beloved urban community changes? “From The Burg to the Barrio” shows an ethnic neighborhood in transition, with all the tensions and contrasts as different cultures meet. The Chambersburg section of Trenton, N.J. - The Burg - has long been known as a working-class neighborhood where Italian families live in close proximity to Italian businesses.

Today, The Burg still attracts newly arrived immigrant families, now from Central and Latin American countries.

“Pieces of Tangier” explores Tangier Island, Va., a remote watermen’s community founded in the 1600s. The 450 people living there are fighting to preserve their way of life against the triple threat of government regulations, population decline, and erosion. Tangier Island’s political and environmental changes could lead to its inhabitants having to make the tough decision to move off the island onto the mainland. Film Director Jenny Roberts will be available to introduce the second film and then lead a post-screening discussion.

For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member of the RBFS, go to or call 302-645-9095.

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