Together, Not Alone

Directed by Gabriella Canal and Judith Helfand

Directed by Gabriella Canal and Judith Helfand
A Zip Code Memory Project and Judith Helfand Productions Film

TOGETHER, NOT ALONE captures the energy, connective possibilities and collective invitation to build community across Zip Codes divided by inequality and injustice. The film follows a group of strangers from across three New York City neighborhoods—different ages, races, socio-economic backgrounds, work and life experience—who came together after months of Covid-19 isolation to explore, map, paint, shape, recall and bear witness to each others’ Zip Code-determined struggles and imagine justice and repair. After several in-progress showings, the short had its premiere at the Museum of the City of New York in February, 2023. In the Winter and Spring of 2023, when many New Yorkers were eager to forget about the hardships of the pandemic, film showings across several of New York’s boroughs offered the opportunity to reflect on what we had learned from our Covid-19 experiences, what we did well, and how we could do better in the future. Film showings were accompanied by roundtables and conversations and by several community-made films and oral history projects with community partners in venues such as the Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano, the City University of New York, the Museum of the City of New York, DCTV Firehouse Cinema, the Queens World Film Festival and more.

FILM RUN TIME 19:47 Minutes.

Five-Borough Tour 

Friday, February 17, 2023, Upper Manhattan
Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Ave, New York, NY 1002

Saturday, March 18, 4-6:30 pm: Lower Manhattan
DCTV-Downtown Community Television/Firehouse Theatre
87 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013

Sunday, March 19, 3:30-7pm: Queens
Queens World Film Festival
The Local NYC, 13-02 44th Avenue, LIC, NY 11101

Wednesday, April 12, 2023, Harlem
What We COULD Do: The Zip Code Memory Project in Conversation with Related Pandemic Initiatives
The Forum at Columbia University
601 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027

Including projects from our Partners: DCTV, Queens World Film Festival, Queens Memory Project, A-Doc (Asian American Documentary Network), Union Docs, Five Boro Story Project, Stoop Stories, LaGuardia and Wagner Archives at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY, and Magnum Foundation