Documentary Shot in Shelbyville Screened at MTSU

Aug 15, 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A documentary that focuses on immigrant and refugee issues in the Mid-State will be shown Wednesday night on the campus of Middle Tennessee State.

The film “Welcome to Shelbyville” explores how Shelbyville residents reacted to an influx of Hispanic and Somali immigrants beginning in 2008.

The Tennessee Refugee and Immigrant Rights Coalition will host the screening beginning at 7 p.m. at the College of Education. Eben Cathey says the screening will be followed by a conversation.

“We hope to provide a safe place for discussion and dialogue about the changing demographics of our state and use this film as a tool to spur that discussion.”

Cathey says the discussion will be led by a panel of people from the film as well as representatives of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.