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Latino Daily News

Monday September 19, 2011

PBS Documentary Tackles Anti-Immigrant Violence in U.S.

PBS Documentary Tackles Anti-Immigrant Violence in U.S.

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The National Hispanic Media Coalition, NHMC, is promoting the documentary Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness because it addresses the growing problem of anti-immigrant violence in communities nationwide.

The documentary tells the story of a town standing together to take action after a hate crime killing devastates their community. Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness debuts Wednesday, September 21 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings).

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.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition is hosting Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness screenings in key metro areas around the country as well as inviting community leaders to host screenings in their own towns.