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9500 Liberty

Philadelphia screening, pannel to examine “Arizona-style” immigration law

“9500 Liberty” looks at economic, social, public safety impact in controversial Virginia case

Sanity RallyDec. 10, 2011 (Philadelphia, PA) — WHYY will host the award-winning documentary 9500 LIBERTY, its director Eric Byler, and a distinguished panel on Monday evening, Dec. 13 in advance of a special airing of the film at 10 PM on Jan. 13, 2011.  The film chronicles the rise and fall of a Virginia county law that briefly required police to check the immigration status of people they had “probable cause” to suspect were undocumented immigrants.
“9500 LIBERTY shows a Republican-dominated legislative body pass a law under extreme political pressure, then reconsider and repeal it based on new information,” Byler said. “It’s important to have a fact-based dialogue, with all voices represented, not just the extreme ones.”

Both Arizona’s S.B. 1070 and the “Probable Cause” mandate in Prince William County, VA were drafted by an anti-immigration lobbying firm in Washington DC called the Federation for American Immigration Reform. Organizers are hopeful the event will help Pennsylvanians decide if a law crafted in Washington, and tested in Virginia and Arizona is a good fit in Pennsylvania, where state lawmakers have vowed to follow Arizona’s lead. <extended text>

Monday, December 13, 2010
5:30 pm reception, 6:15 pm screening
Independence Mall West
150 N. Sixth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Film screening/Discussion: FREE

VIP Reception + Screening/Discussion: $20

The post-screening discussion will be moderated by Stan Straughter (Chair the Mayor’s Commission for African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs), featuring State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware), Anne O’Callaghan (Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians), Cherylle Corpuz (Temple University), and Domenic Vitiello (University of Pennsylvania).

Byler, who co-directed the film with Coffee Party founder Annabel Park, is an Independent Spirit Award nominee for his first feature film, Charlotte Sometimes, and has won 16 film festival awards.


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