Welcoming Maine in collaboration with L/A Arts presents a film-viewing and dialogue about community, immigration and acceptance

LEWISTON — The Lewiston group Welcoming Maine is continuing in their effort to spread goodwill, create understanding, and promote social integration with an additional screening of the powerful documentary film “Not in our Town: Light in the Darkness.” The screening will occur at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at DownStage, 5 Canal St. Alley.

“Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness” is a documentary about a town coming together to take action after anti-immigrant violence devastates the community. The documentary, which debuted in September 2011, tells the story of Patchogue, N.Y., and the community’s response to an influx of Ecuadorian immigrants.

“In 2008, a series of attacks against Latino residents of Patchogue, New York, culminate in the murder of Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorian immigrant who had lived in the Long Island village for 13 years. Over a two-year period, the story follows Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri, the victim’s brother, Joselo Lucero, and everyday Patchogue residents as they address the underlying causes of the violence, heal divisions, and begin taking steps to ensure everyone in their village will be safe and respected,” according to the film’s website at www.niot.org.

Admission to this event is free; seating is limited, reservations encouraged.


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