MDC’s Miami Film Festival and Tower Theater Miami Presents


Juneteenth Screening + Conversation + Reception

On Saturday, June 19th at 8pm, celebrate Juneteenth at Tower Theater Miami with a special screening of WADE IN THE WATER: DROWNING IN RACISM. This short film, by Emmy-Award winning South Florida filmmaker Cathleen Dean, dives deep into Black Florida’s 1960s fight for the right to swim in state beaches and swimming pools. After the film, participate in a live discussion with the filmmaker and Miami Film Festival / Tower Theater’s Director of Events Programming Nicolas Calzada in our post-screening reception. Special guests Maurice “Maui” GoodbeerMaui, founder of StreetWaves, Thaddeus Gamory, faculty member with Center for Mind Body Medicine, Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships with Diversity in Aquatics and President SWIMS Foundation and Miriam Lynch Phd., Executive Director of Diversity in Aquatics will join the conversation. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.


From seaweed to lost beach balls, sun-seekers bump into all sorts of surprises swimming along Florida’s iconic beaches. For black swimmers however, there’s a complex history floating off Florida’s blue waters—one of segregation and violence, but also one of protest and resistance. That’s what Miami filmmaker Cathleen Dean explores in her new documentary, “Wade in The Water: Drowning in Racism.” Diving deep into Black Florida’s fight for the right to swim, the film brings to life the 1960s Civil Rights protests that desegregated the state’s beaches and swimming pools.