9500 Liberty

9500 Liberty

A film by Annabel Park & Eric Byler (Charlotte Sometimes)

See why a Virginia county repealed the same immigration law Arizona just adopted.

view the 9500 Liberty trailer

Arizona premiere poster for 9500 Liberty

“This engrossing documentary traces ugly repercussions in northern Virginia when a resolution is passed requiring cops to question anyone they have ‘probable cause’ to suspect of being an illegal alien.”
Dennis Harvey, Variety

“There are certain films in certain times that make it exceedingly difficult to shut out the world around you. 9500 Liberty is one of them." four stars
Bill, Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic

"With an uplifting turn of events and some extraordinary acts of conscience, 9500 Liberty is as dramatically charged as any fiction movie. And ultimately, it’s as powerful a booster of the democratic process as anything Frank Capra ever imprinted into our collective memory."
Desson Thomson, The Wrap

"9500 Liberty is a well made, engaging example of the documentary form, a film in which compelling storytelling transcends politics."

Starts Friday, June 11 (English with Spanish Subtitles)

Landmark Lumiere
1572 California St. (at Polk) • (415) 267-4893
Fri-Sat: 2:30, 5:00, 7:15, 9:45 • Sun: 2:30, 5:00, 7:15 • Mon-Thu: 5:00, 7:15
Co-Director Annabel Park Q&A Frj, June 11 7:15, 9:50
Co-Director Eric Byler Q&A Sat, June 12 5:00, 7:15, 9:50 & Sun, June 13 2:30, 5:00

Rialto Cinemas Elmwood
2966 College Avenue at Ashby, Berkeley, CA • (510) 433-9730
Weekdays: 2:30, 4:40, 7:00, 9:20 • Sat & Sun: 12:30, 2:30, 4:40, 7:00, 9:20
Co-Director Eric Byler in person at Friday, June 11 at 7:00, 9:20 PM
Co-Director Annabel Park in person at Saturday, June 12 at 7:00, 9:20 PM

9500 Liberty is a cautionary tale and an uplifting story of redemption. It's theatrical release in Arizona has created a groundswell of hope and new media organizing, and it is now beginning a national tour poised to do the same.

Three years before Arizona's infamous SB 1070, a "probable cause" mandate for immigration status checks was instituted in Prince William County, VA. At the time, the county government was under intense pressure in the context of a crucial Virginia state election and a national effort by anti-immigration lobbying organizations to bombard the them with faxes, emails, and angry phone messages.

9500 Liberty tells the story of the resistance that ultimately regained control of the county government and got the "probable cause" mandate repealed. These were ordinary Americans — led by stay-at-home moms, interfaith religious leaders, volunteer filmmakers, a grocery story owner, and a steadfast police chief — who came together across party lines to give voice to the silent majority in the county who opposed the draconian law, but had been unsure of how to engage in a poisonous and racially divisive culture war.

9500 Liberty is directed by two Asian American community leaders — Annabel Park, a Korean American immigrant best known as the founder of Coffee Party USA, and her partner, acclaimed filmmaker Eric Byler (Charlotte Sometimes).

There is a way for ordinary Americans to say no to extreme political tactics, stand up for their beliefs, and reaffirm our most deeply cherished values as Americans. 9500 Liberty documents an example of this happening at the county level, Coffee Party USA is an opportunity for Americans to participate in such a movement at the national level, and Liberty Arizona is an opportunity to make this happen at the state level.