Free Screening of “9500 Liberty” followed by Q&A with directors Eric Byler ’94 and Annabel Park


Wesleyan students are invited to engage in an open and critical dialogue about race, racism, and immigration at the free screening of the documentary “9500 Liberty.” Directors Eric Byler ‘94 and Annabel Park will be joining us for a Q&A session after the screening. More details after the jump.


In the midst of rising tension surrounding immigration in this country, the documentary “9500 Liberty” tackles the issue of how to begin to approach conversation about such a controversial and emotional topic. The directors capture the complexities of the social and economic interdependence of citizens and immigrants in this country, the economic/social effects of the implementation of laws that make racial profiling very likely, and what happens to communities when they become so divided by racial intolerance.

As Melanie Hsu ’13, who helped to organize the event, puts it:

On our own campus, conversations about race have largely remained within classrooms. We would like to open up dialogue and continue the conversations. While the recent discussions have been crucial in scratching the surface, including the greater Middletown community will allow us to explore the deeper implications of the issue.

Directors Eric Byler ’94 and Annabel Park are also co-founders of Coffee Party USA, a social movement that promotes non-partisan, solutions-oriented political discourse and responsible citizenship in response to the extremist tactics of the Tea Party.

“9500 Liberty” won the Breakthrough Filmmaker Award at the 2010 Phoenix Film Festival, the Jury Award for Best Documentary at the 2009 Charlotte Film Festival, and the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2009 St. Louis International Film Festival.

Date: Feb. 26
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Place: Goldsmith Family Cinema