Areas of Study
Screenings and discussion: Monday, October 1 at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Andrew Foster Auditorium and at 7:30 p.m. in Chapel Hall. 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.
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