The Austin Daily Herald reports:
Austin’s HRC will present “Welcome to Shelbyville,” a documentary on immigration in a southern community Friday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Frank W. Bridges Theatre at Riverland Community College.
“Welcome to Shelbyville” is a film currently on tour around the nation which shows how a community in southeast Tennessee dealt with racial, immigration and religious issues.
“It’s another opportunity to continue dialogue about the city of Austin and its residents,” said Kirsten Lindbloom, chairwoman of the HRC. “it’s important for us to continue to talk about and highlight issues in our commmunity.”
Home to Hormel and Quality Pork Processors meat processing plants, Austin has been one flashpoint in Minnesota's debates over immigration policy. Anti-immigrant and racist groups, including MinnSIR, the Minnesota Coalition for Immigration Reduction, partnering with the Minuteman movement, and the National Socialist Movement, have exploited local tensions to promote their agenda.
WTS's online multimedia site offers additional tools for discussion and action, as well a description of the film:
Change has come to rural Tennessee. Set against the backdrop of a shaky economy, Welcome to Shelbyville takes an intimate look at a southern town as its residents – whites and African Americans, Latinos and Somalis – grapple with their beliefs, their histories and their evolving ways of life. Welcome to Shelbyville is directed and produced by Kim Snyder and executive produced by BeCause Foundation in association with Active Voice.
Here's a trailer for the documentary: