Jan. 23 | Community Cinema: The State of Arizona

Jan 12, 2014

FREE – Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. | See a short preview of the upcoming Independent Lens documentary and discuss the issues with a community panel. | RESERVE SEATS

Activists demonstrate outside of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Credit Lauren Asmus

WKAR Community Cinema returns January 23 with a screening and discussion of The State of Arizona. The new documentary from Independent Lens captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona’s headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration.

On the discussion panel are Susan Reed, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center; Sheila Contreras, MSU Chicano/Latino Studies program; and Aida Cuadrado, Action of Greater Lansing.

The WKAR Community Cinema event takes place Thursday, January 23, at 7 p.m.

Free with Reservation
This event is free, but registration is required. | RESERVE SEATS

WKAR Community Cinema takes place in the Communication Arts & Sciences Media Auditorium (Room 145), 404 Wilson Road on the campus of Michigan State University. Parking is free (after 6 p.m.) in the Trowbridge Road parking ramp, near the South, Main Lobby.

About 'The State of Arizona'

The State of Arizona captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona’s headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration. Following Arizona’s controversial Senate Bill 1070, dubbed the “show me your papers” law, the film tells the stories of Arizonans on all sides of this divisive issue from ground zero of the nation’s immigration debate.

Like everything else in Arizona’s conflict over immigration, no victory or defeat is simple because families, lives, and civic values lie in the balance in either direction. However, one thing is certain — SB1070 galvanized Latino voters across the country who turned out in record numbers to re-elect President Obama largely based on his campaign promise of immigration reform. Their show of strength changed the political landscape and pushed immigration reform to the forefront of the national agenda.

About the Panelists
Susan E. Reed is supervising attorney with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center.

Dr. Sheila Contreras directs the Chicano/Latino studies program at Michigan State University.

Aida Cuadrado is a faith-based organizer with Action of Greater Lansing.

On the Air
The State of Arizona airs Monday, Jan. 27, 10 p.m. on WKAR-TV/PBS.

This season of WKAR Community Cinema is sponsored by MSU Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. WKAR Community Cinema: The State of Arizona is sponsored by MSU Chicano/Latino Studies Program.