Welcome To Shelbyville – A Documentary That Tackles Immigration Fears In Tennessee


On November 14th at 6:30 p.m., The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers will continue in Chattanooga with a documentary called Welcome To Shelbyville.  It will be screened on Nov 14.  In this segment, we talk with Kim Snyder, the documentary’s producer and director.  We also speak with members of the Chattanooga Film Society, the organization bringing this film series to town.

Kim Snyder will be at Loose Cannon for discussions before and after the screening, as well as representatives from local organizations such as La Paz and the St. Andrews Center.


The screening will happen at the Loose Cannon Gallery on Rossville Avenue.  The doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at: http://chattanoogafilmsociety.org/

From the film’s Web site:

Welcome to Shelbyville is a glimpse of America at a crossroads. In this one small town in the heart of America’s Bible Belt, a community grapples with rapidly changing demographics. Just a stone’s throw away from Pulaski, Tennessee (the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan), longtime African American and white residents are challenged with how best to integrate with a growing Latino population and the more recent arrival of hundreds of Muslim Somali refugees.

Set on the eve of the 2008 Presidential election, the film captures the interaction between these residents as they navigate new waters against the backdrop of a tumultuous year. The economy is in crisis, factories are closing, and jobs are hard to find. The local Tyson chicken plant is hiring hundreds of new Somali refugees, and when a local reporter initiates a series of articles about the newcomers, a flurry of controversy and debate erupts within the town.


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