Thursday, May 5, 2011

Welcome to Shellbyville showing in Tucson

A new documentary about how towns are working together to truly welcome refugees and immigrants into their community is showing in Tucson next week.

Watch Welcome to Shelbyville for free at several libraries in Tucson and nearby towns.
See more about the movie here:

The director of Welcoming America will be in Tucson next week too. And will be on a panel after the Wednesday showing. He and the director of the film will also meet with community folks who are already welcoming refugees and immigrants here in Tucson. Call Mary (a librarian) at 520-594-5394 if you'd like to know more about or attend that Tuesday afternoon gathering.

Just learned about Welcoming America. It seems to have a lot of the same spirit that we are trying to foster. Hospitality, community building, honoring the human dignity of all. They are the next step in the process. We offer short term hospitality to folks at times of transition. They foster connections in communities where people settle and try to find home.

Here's the scoop from the Pima County library website:
Monday, May 9, 2011
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Himmel Park Branch Library
Here's your chance to watch and discuss the film Welcome to Shelbyville by Kim Snyder at a Community Cinema screening event. Set in the heart of America's Bible Belt, Welcome to Shelbyville focuses on a small Southern town as they grapple with rapid demographic change and issues of immigrant integration. The film captures the complexity of the African American, Latino, white, and Somali subjects as their lives intertwine against the backdrop of a crumbling economy and the election of a new president. & showing again on:
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library
This one hour free screening will be followed by a half hour moderated discussion. This event is in partnership with Arizona Public Media and Community Cinema which features films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.
For more information call 520-791-4010.

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