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"Welcome to Shelbyville" film screening and immigration discussion

"Welcome to Shelbyville" film screening and immigration discussion

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 10:30pm to Friday, May 13, 2011 - 12:30am
Photo: ITVS

Presented by ITVS and WHYY in partnership with the American Friends Service Committee and the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.

Thursday May 12, 2011

6:30pm (doors open 6:00pm)

@ American Friends Service Committee 

1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia PA 19102   

Wheelchair accessible venue.


FREE and open to the public. To RSVP go to: 

About the film
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. To learn more about the film visit


After the film
The film will be followed by a panel and audience discussion on why people immigrate to the US and how Philadelphia in particular does or does not welcome those new neighbors. Panel includes: Said Bellam(Bridging Cultures Youth Program, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians) and Anna Crumley-Effinger (Program Director--Africa, American Friends Service Committee). Moderated by Amanda Bergson-Shilcock (Director of Outreach and Program Evaluation, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians).


Rufus Jones Room, American Friends Service Committee
1501 Cherry St
19102 Philadelphia , PA