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WSIU and Carbondale Public Library present film "A Town Called Victoria" and discussion November 8

Omar, Abe, and Dr. Hashmi praying inside the temporary Victoria Islamic Center.
Photo by: Jason Gamble Harter. Provided by ITVS.
Omar, Abe, and Dr. Hashmi praying inside the temporary Victoria Islamic Center.

Indie Lens Pop-Up (presented by ITVS, INDEPENDENT LENS, WSIU, and Carbondale Public Library) will host a screening of “A Town Called Victoria,” featuring a discussion following the film. Join WSIU at the Carbondale Public Library on November 8 at noon for a conversation about the power of faith and community in the face of upheaval and hatred.

On January 28, 2017, leaders of the Victoria, Texas, Muslim community, Abe Ajrami, Omar Rachid, and Dr. Shahid Hashmi, watched as their mosque burned to the ground. A Reel South and INDEPENDENT LENS original series from award-winning filmmaker Li Lu, “A Town Called Victoria” follows the aftermath and investigations into the fire to answer the question of how a multi-faith community can come together to heal and turn against hate.

WHAT: FREE preview screening of “A Town Called Victoria” followed by a community discussion

WHEN: Wednesday, November 8 at noon

For more information, visit: https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/documentaries/a-town-called-victoria/

“A Town Called Victoria” will debut on November 13, 2023, at 8 p.m. on WSIU-TV and the PBS app. PBS Passport Members can stream all episodes of the series a month early on the PBS App beginning October 14. “A Town Called Victoria” will also be accessible via PBS’s flagship YouTube channel beginning November 14.

About Indie Lens Pop-Up

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a community series that brings people together for film screenings and conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS's INDEPENDENT LENS, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations to discuss what matters most. Learn more at pbs.org/indielenspopup

About INDEPENDENT LENS INDEPENDENT LENS is an Emmy® Award-winning PBS documentary series. With founding executive producer Lois Vossen, the series has been honored with 10 Academy Award nominations and features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by ITVS, INDEPENDENT LENS is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Acton Family Giving, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts. Stream anytime on the PBS App. For more visit pbs.org/independentlens.


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