If you live in, or around, or even just near San Francisco, you should try to make it out to the screening of 9500 Liberty tomorrow. The film, which centers around Prince William County, Virginia, documents the local community’s struggle with an anti-immigrant law introduced by elected officials.
9500 Liberty reveals the startling vulnerability of a local government, targeted by national anti-immigration networks using the Internet to frighten and intimidate lawmakers and citizens. Alarmed by a climate of fear and racial division, residents form a resistance using YouTube videos and virtual townhalls, setting up a real-life showdown in the seat of county government.
This film, a low-budget documentary by Annabel Park and Eric Byler, is a front-row glimpse into how deeply the immigration debate can impact a community. Watch as Prince William County becomes ground-zero of the immigration debate.
The screening in San Francisco is especially relevant, given the city’s long-standing identity as a “Sanctuary” city and the currently heated debate over that policy in for minors.
Also, the screening will include a cast of VIP attendees. Markos Moulitsas, Founder of Daily Kos, will introduce the film. Michael Yaki, Attorney for US Commission on Civil Rights, President of SF Board of Supervisors David Chiu, District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar, and District 9 Supervisor David Campos will join a discussion with the filmmakers. And, though not yet confirmed, it is possible that Police Chief Gascon, SF’s new police chief, will also be in attendance.
It should be an amazing night. I can’t go, but you should! You can still get tickets here.