Benefit Dinner & Movie
for Mustard Seed Film Festival

Sunday July 10 • 7:00 dinner, 7:30 film
at Studio 34 • 4522 Baltimore Ave. West Philly
Donation $5-$50 sliding scale • No one turned away
RSVP here or by emailing ""

On July 10, T.O. Philly teams up with Mustard Seed, a South Asian film festival happening all over Philly in August. Our July event will feature food, a film, a chat, and some prizes as added incentive to raise funds for Mustard Seed and Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed. We might even play a game or two.

The Dinner

Chefs Hariprasad Kowtha and Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews shall stir up a multi-course vegetarian buffet to kick off the evening. Anyone who came to T.O. Philly's recent Unpacking Race series or Studio 34's not-so-recent vegan brunches can attest that these fellows sure can cook. There will plenty of rice and dal to last us all night, but be there early before the ginger chutney and vegan saag paneer are gone!

The Film

"Jana Sanskriti: A Theatre in the Field" mixes interviews and performances from the world's largest activist theatre movement. For three decades Jana Sanskriti (Bengali for "People's Culture") has used Forum Theatre to foment dialogue and create change in Indian society. Film runs 50 minutes and a little Q&A will follow. Here's a 3-minute excerpt of a Jana Sanskriti Forum performance:

The Raffle

Everyone coming to this event has a chance to win prixes that promote wellness and social justice. These include:
  • Tickets to the Mustard Seed Film Festival
  • Books about art and activism
  • Acupuncture treatments
  • Yoga mats and props
  • A meditation DVD
Extra raffle tickets available for extra donations. More prizes to be announced soon!

Your Donation

Funds raised from this event support the Mustard Seed Film Festival on August 19 and 20 and ongoing programming for Philadelphia Theatre of the Oppressed. For further info, email ""

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