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Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness

Documentary Screening & Discussion with Executive Producer Patrice O'Neill

Presented by the Latino Student Alliance, the American Indian Student Union, the Middle Eastern Leadership Council, University & Community Action for Racial Equity, the Office of the Dean of Students, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Date:Sunday, January 29, 2012

Nau Hall 101

4:00-6:00 p.m.

Several student organizations are working together to present a screening and public discussion of the PBS documentary, Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness, which tells the story of residents of a Long Island village taking action after a local immigrant is killed in a hate crime attack by seven teenagers. While starkly revealing the trauma of hate, the film provides a blueprint for people who want to do something before intolerance turns to violence. The screening will be followed by a discussion with executive producer Patrice O’Neill.


About the film:

In 2008, a series of attacks against Latino residents of Patchogue, New York culminated with the hate crime killing of Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorian immigrant who had lived in the Long Island village for 13 years. Seven local teenagers were arrested for the attack and one was charged with murder.  Over a two-year period, the story follows Mayor Paul Pontieri, the victim’s brother Joselo Lucero, and Patchogue residents as they openly address the underlying causes of the violence, work to heal divisions, and begin taking steps to ensure everyone in their village will be safe and respected.

Find out more about the film and view the trailer.

               Executive Producer Patrice O'Neill