Community Cinema program to feature 'The State of Arizona'
URBANA — Illinois Public Media's December Community Cinema program will feature a screening and discussion on Tuesday of "The State of Arizona," a documentary about the divisive battle over illegal immigration in Arizona.
The film tracks multiple perspectives — those of activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, law enforcement, ranchers and others.
Sponsored by the Illinois Public Media/Spurlock Museum Community Cinema Partnership, the screening will take place at 7 p.m. in the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U. Free parking is available in university lot D-22 next to the museum.
Partners for the post-screening discussion are:
— The CU Immigration Forum, a group of immigrants, students, clergy, service providers, labor union representatives, local residents and community organizations concerned about immigrants in the community.
— La Colectiva, a University of Illinois student organization that addresses the challenges faced by the immigrant community in Champaign-Urbana.
— Allies of Faith, a coalition of congregations working to make the community welcoming for all, regardless of skin color, language, country of origin or immigration status.
On the panel are Ricardo Diaz of the CU Immigration Forum; Samantha Busso of La Colectiva; Joanna Perez, a UI sociology graduate assistant who studies undocumented immigrant young adults in the United States; and Stacy Harwood, a UI assistant professor in urban and regional planning, who teaches a course on immigration and local policy.
The documentary tracks the year after Arizona passes SB1070, its controversial "papers please" law, and tells the stories of Arizonans on all sides of the issue and depicts a state and its people testing the edges of democratic values.
"The State of Arizona" will premiere on the PBS series "Independent Lens" at 9 p.m. Jan. 27, including on WILL-TV.