Welcome to Shelbyville

Monday, October 1, 2018

The screening and discussion will take place on Monday, October 1 at 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm in the Andrew Foster Auditorium. A repeat screening will take place beginning at 7:30 pm in Chapel Hall. Interpretation for the evening screening is available if requested one week in advance. For accessibility requests, please contact the Gallaudet Interpreting Services.

This powerful documentary focuses on a small Tennessee town in the heart of the Bible Belt as it grapples with discrimination in the face of changing demographics. Shelbyville's long-time residents are challenged with how to best integrate the recent arrival of hundreds of Somali refugees of Muslim faith, hired by the local Tyson chicken-processing plant. As the town erupts in controversy, we hear from all parts of the community: Latino workers grappling with their own immigrant identity; longtime African American residents balancing perceived threats to their livelihood against the values they learned from their own civil rights struggles; the Somali refugees attempting to make new lives for their families and maintain their dignity in a hostile new land; and white civic and church leaders who are attempting to guide their congregations and citizens through a period of unprecedented change.

Orange background, with an abstract drawing of dark-skinned woman with a head scarf holding a small American flag, “Welcome to Shelbyville” is on top of an outline map of the state of Tennessee.