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Published May 11, 2011, 05:03 PM

Immigration Documentary Screening Aims to Jump-start GF Discussion

Sponsors of a documentary film on immigration hope a showing of the film in Grand Forks this week will spark a healthy discussion on immigration issues.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Sponsors of a documentary film on immigration hope a showing of the film in Grand Forks this week will spark a healthy discussion on immigration issues. The film will play Thursday night at the Empire Arts Center. Grand Forks is one of two cities that will debut the film.

The documentary "Welcome To Shelbyville" features a Tennessee town that experienced challenges that come with immigration. The film focuses how people in the town respond.

"It's about how each of them are facing the issues that come along with new populations coming into the community," Grand Forks mayor's assistant Pete Haga said.

Haga and community leaders are taking advantage the screening of the film Thursday night by holding a discussion session following the showing on immigration in Grand Forks.

"Misunderstandings or lack of understandings. It's about different cultural backgrounds, priorities, things that really can be solved with a little bit of communication," Haga said.

Part of the focus of the film is on the immigration of Somali refugees that have come to Shelbyville for jobs. It's similar to what Grand Forks has experienced.

"We are also seeing an influx of people from the Middle East as well as the refugees from the last couple of years, Butanese, Nepalize," Haga said.

After the hour-long film there will be a discussion that is intended to help kick-off a broad community discussion on local immigration issues.

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