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Alternative Media and Immigration

April 2, 2010 | 11:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. | Location: Newcomb Hall, Room 480

View the video of this session here.


Professor Amaya and producer/ director Eric Byler will host a short screening from Byler’s recent documentary, based on the groundbreaking YouTube channel, 9500 Liberty. The devastating social and economic impact of the “Immigration Resolution” portrayed in the documentary is felt in the lives of real people in homes and in local businesses.

 9500 Liberty reveals the startling vulnerability of a local government, targeted by national anti-immigration networks using the Internet to frighten and intimidate lawmakers and citizens. Alarmed by a climate of fear and racial division, residents form a resistance using YouTube videos and virtual townhalls, setting up a real-life showdown in the seat of county government. But the ferocious fight to adopt and then reverse this policy unfolds inside government chambers, on the streets, and on the Internet: 9500 Liberty provides a front row seat to all three battlegrounds.  

The speakers will also discuss alternative media in relation to immigration detention centers, and as a documentary practice.

View the extended trailer for 9500 Liberty here and see a preview of Professor Amaya's presentation here.




Hosted by the University of Virginia Department of Media Studies, in collaboration with the Asian Student Union, and the Latino Student Alliance.