The Nashville Public Television and national PBS broadcast of Welcome to Shelbyville is just around the corner (Tuesday, May 24 at 9:00 p.m.) But tomorrow, at the Nashville Downtown Public Library, NPT viewers can get a more personal experience with the film.
Join NPT and ITVS Community Cinema Nashville at 2:30pm for a free reception, screening and panel discussion with participants featured in the program. Filmmaker Kim Snyder is also expected to be there and the local Somali Coffee Shop will provide their delicious and authentic sambusa pastries for the 2:30pm reception. The film captures the complexity of the African American, Latin, white, and Somali individuals as their lives intertwine against the backdrop of a crumbling economy and the election of a new president. The highly local focus is a source of strength and Shelbyville provides a portrait of the changing face of small town America. With the upcoming national PBS broadcast, Shelbyville will be in the spotlight. This Community Cinema screening will provide an opportunity for you to be ahead of the national attention in a meaningful way.
To get a snapshot of the dynamic people involved in this documentary, check out the newly released Shelbyville Multimedia companion site.
Join us at tomorrow May 14th at 2:30pm at the Downtown Nashville Public Library.
For more on Somalis in Middle Tennessee, be sure to also check out our Next Door Neighbors installment, “Somali.”