Adrian College to Host Screening of Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness

ADRIAN, MI – Join the Adrian College community for a screening of Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness – a new film documenting the story of a town standing together to take action after a hate crime killing devastates their community. The film will air on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. in Knight Auditorium in Valade Hall on the Adrian College campus.

Narrated by Academy Award®-Nominee Alfre Woodard, the documentary addresses the growing problem of anti-immigrant violence in communities nationwide. In 2008, a series of attacks by a group of seven local teenagers against Latino residents of the Long Island, New York town of Patchogue ended with the killing of 37-year-old Marcelo Lucero. An Ecuadorian immigrant, Lucero had been a Patchogue resident for 13 years. Filmed over a two-year period, the documentary follows Mayor Paul Pontieri, the victim’s brother Joselo Lucero, diverse community leaders, residents and students as they openly address the underlying causes of the violence, work to heal divisions and initiate ongoing action to ensure everyone in their village will be safe and respected.

“As the country becomes increasingly divided about immigration, we hope this film sparks constructive discussions that separate policy differences from human issues and community safety, so that what happened in Patchogue will never happen again,” said Patrice O’Neill, Executive Producer and Director, Light in the Darkness and Founder of The Working Group.

Light in the Darkness is the third PBS special from Not In Our Town, a project from The Working Group, whose mission is to highlight stories of communities taking positive action to fight intolerance. Over the past 15 years, Not In Our Town has grown from a PBS documentary into a national effort to connect people working together to take action against hate and create safe, inclusive communities.

This event is sponsored Adrian College Social Work Department, Social Work

Club and Multicultural Affairs Program. For more information contact Susan Nichols at snichols@adrian.edu. To learn more about Light in the Darkness and Not In Our Town, visit www.NIOT.org. Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness airs on PBS nationwide on September 21, 2011. Check local listings.