Free Screening of ‘Welcome to Shelbyville’ at Long Beach Main Library Tonight

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Students recite the Pledge of Allegiance during ESL class in Welcome to Shelbyville

The community is invited to a free screening and discussion of “Welcome to Shelbyville” — a small Southern town grappling with rapid demographic change and issues of immigrant integration — on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Long Beach Main Library, 101 Pacific Ave. The film is being shown as part of the Community Cinema Series, which brings together Long Beach organizations and community members to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical social issues.

“Welcome to Shelbyville” is a rare, inside look at America at a crossroads. In a small Tennessee town in the heart of the Bible Belt, a community grapples with rapidly changing demographics. Set on the eve of the 2008 Presidential election, Shelbyville’s longtime African American and Caucasian residents are challenged with how best to integrate with a burgeoning Latino population and the more recent arrival of hundreds of Somali refugees of Muslim faith.

Doors open for registration at 5:30 pm at the Library Auditorium (lower level.) The film starts promptly at 6:00 pm followed by a panel discussion and Q & A.

Panelists for the post-screening discussion are Sara Pol-Lim, M.S., Executive Director of United Cambodian Community; the Rev. Gary Cummins, D.D., Rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church; and Milia Islam-Majeed, Executive Director of South Coast Interfaith Council.

To watch a film clip, go to: For information, call 562.570.1010. Library parking is available at the Broadway parking structure on the southeast corner of W. Broadway and Chestnut.

The Community Cinema Series in Long Beach is presented by the Neighborhood Resource Center, Long Beach Public Library and Long Beach Central Area Association. Community Cinema, presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Nine films, followed by panel discussions and Q & A, are being screened at the Long Beach Main Library between October 2010 and June 2011.

For information about Community Cinema events in Long Beach, visit:

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