Please join the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition and the Austin Asian American Film Festival for a free screening of the award-winning
documentary feature 9500 Liberty on Saturday, November 14, at 5:00 PM at the Mexican American Cultural Center. This screening is a special community event, co-sponsored by the ACLU, Austin Commission on Human Rights, the Austin Department of Parks and Recreation, Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition, the Capital Area Asian American Democrats, the Mexican American Cultural Center, and the Travis County Democratic Party.
9500 Liberty examines the national immigration debate through the experience of Prince William County, VA, after elected officials approve a measure requiring local police to question anyone they suspect of being an “undocumented immigrant.” After the county is targeted by national anti-immigration networks backing the measure, residents form a resistance using YouTube videos and virtual town halls, setting up a real-life showdown in the seat of county government. The film also chronicles the devastating socioeconomic impact of the “Immigration Resolution” on real people and local businesses. As the ferocious fight to adopt and then reverse the policy unfolds within the halls of government, on the streets, and online, 9500 Liberty provides a front row seat to all three battlegrounds.
The film has received rave reviews for its intimate and in-depth look at the real people involved in all aspects of the immigration debate. It was screened as a special event at Netroots Nation, the largest progressive blogging conference in the country, and recently won Best Documentary at the Charlotte Film Festival.
Co-Director Eric Byler will be in attendance to speak about the documentary and about film making as a form of activism. Austin City Council Members Laura Morrison and Bill Spelman are also confirmed to attend.
Date: November 14th, Saturday
Time: 5:00 PM
Film Festival Info: http://aaaff.bside.com/2009/films/9500liberty_aaaff2009