Residents of Shelbyville have another opportunity to see the documentary "Welcome to Shelbyville" Saturday afternoon when it is screened at the Nashville Public Library.
The documentary is scheduled for more than 60 screenings across the country this month before it debuts on National Public Television's Emmy Award-winning series "Independent Lens" on Tuesday, May 24. Nashville Public Television has scheduled it at 9 p.m.
Set in Shelbyville during the 2008 presidential campaign, the film portrays members of the community trying to cope with the latest immigration of Somali refugees as well as a growing Hispanic population.
The documentary is directed and produced by Kim Snyder. The film has received international attention since it began screenings last fall, including one at the Brookings Institution, one of the oldest Washington think tanks. It is a recipient of a 2010 Gucci-Tribeca Documentary Fund grant and an official selection of the U.S. State Department's 2010 American Documentary Showcase.
The screening in the auditorium of the Nashville Public Library begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, following a reception at 2:30 p.m. sponsored by the Nashville Public Library Foundation.
Some of the Shelbyville citizens who appear in the film were invited to attend the screening.
"I am planning to be there," said Luci Taylor. "I've been asked to come."
Taylor is a third-generation Mexican-American who teaches classes to new immigrants. She has said that some of the immigrants have had to learn American ways, including freeedom of speech and peaceful conflict resolution in addition to English.
Also planning to attend are retired teacher Marilyn Massengale and caterer Beverly Hewitt.
Sponsors for the screening are Nashville Public Library Foundation, ITVS, co-presenter of Independent Lens on PBS; WNPT, Hands On Nashville and Nashville Film Festival.
From I-40 in Nashville, exit at Church St. and drive towards downtown. The main library is located on Church Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues in downtown Nashville. Free Parking is offered for the first 90 minutes at the Nashville Public Library garage. Entrances to the garage are on 6th and 7th Avenues between Church and Commerce Streets.