With Oklahoma again debating bills to impose new restrictions on immigrants, a documentary that looks at the impact of the state’s first foray into the immigration field will have a showing in Tulsa next week. Panic Nation, a multi-award winning documentary on the rise of state-sponsored immigration laws will be shown at the University of Tulsa’s John Rogers Hall on Monday, April 11, at 6 p.m. The documentary film examines how laws like Oklahoma’s HB 1804 and Arizona’s SB 1070 are affecting more than just those without documentation. Panic Nation approaches these recent state moves towards stricter immigration policy from a unique prospective:
This distinctive motion picture examines state sponsored immigration laws with an open, direct approach. There must be a balance among subjects including national security, job protection, labor concerns, and our economy. We need to create a dialogue sitting at a table rather than yelling at each other from across the street.
The film features former White House cabinet member Henry Cisneros, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr, Oklahoma State Rep. Randy Terrill, and former State Rep. Shane Jett. To watch a trailer of the film and learn more about its many accolades go to www.panicnationmovie.com.
This event is free and open to the public. There will be a reception preceding the film at 5:30pm, followed by the screening of Panic Nation and a panel discussion with the filmaker. The panel discussion will be moderated by TU Professor Elizabeth McCormick of the Immigrants Rights Project and includes:
- George Adams, Producer/Director of Panic Nation
- Laura Bachman, Staff Attorney with the Boesche Legal Clinic’s Tulsa Immigrant Resource Network
- Shane Jett, Former Oklahoma State Representative
- David Blatt, Director of Oklahoma Policy Institute
April 11, 2011 at 6:00pm; Price & Turpen Courtroom, John Rogers Hall, University of Tulsa College of Law. Parking is available in the lot directly across from the college at 3120 E. 4th Place and at the northeast corner of Florence & 4th Place.
For more information or questions about the screening contact Scott Been at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-631-2568.