Film ‘Shelbyville’ offers lessons on living together

3/21/2014, 3:41 p.m.
The documentary on a community coping with change will be screened March 29.

“Welcome to Shelbyville,” a documentary that looks at one small town in the heart of America’s Bible Belt as it grapples with rapidly changing demographics, will be screened on March 29 at the Clarkston Library.

Show time is noon to 1:30 p.m.

In Shelbyville, Tenn., a stone’s throw from Pulaski, the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan, longtime African-American and white residents are challenged with how best to live harmoniously with a growing Latino population and the recent arrival of hundreds of Muslim Somali refugees.

Set on the eve of the 2008 presidential election, the film captures the interaction between these residents as they navigate new waters against the backdrop of a tumultuous year.

The economy is in crisis, factories are closing, and jobs are hard to find. The local Tyson chicken plant is hiring hundreds of new Somali refugees, and when a local reporter initiates a series of articles about the newcomers, a flurry of controversy and debate erupts within the town.

The 2009 film directed by Kim A. Snyder is part of the Diversity in DeKalb Series. The Clarkston Library is at 951 N. Indian Creek Drive. Call 404-508-7175 for more information.