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Release Date: 08/17/2006

The Seattle Public Library, International Rescue Committee and KCTS Television explore immigration with annual September Project

Join The Seattle Public Library, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and KCTS Television for the third annual September Project, a series of programs that will focus on immigration, why people come to the United States and how this issue affects the local community.

On Dec. 18, 2001, Congress designated Sept. 11 as Patriot Day, a day that citizens are urged to commemorate by attending "appropriate ceremonies and activities." The Library's September Project series is an annual exploration of freedom, democracy, patriotism and citizenship.

All events are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking in the Central Library garage will be available for a $5 special event rate. Parking at branches is free. Doors will open 30 minutes before each program begins.

See below for a schedule of programs at Library locations:

Films about the Immigrant Experience
This series of documentary films will provide glimpses into the stories of why and how people come to the United States. Panel discussions with local immigrants and representatives of community-based organizations will follow each film.

  • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9
    "Sentenced Home," Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., (206) 386-4636.
    "Lost Boys of Sudan," Capitol Hill Branch, 425 Harvard Ave. E., (206) 684-4715
    "Hobart Shakespeareans," Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., (206) 684-4089
    "Al Otro Lado (To the Other Side)," High Point Branch, 3411 S.W. Raymond St., (206) 684-7454

  • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10
    "Hobart Shakespeareans," Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., (206) 386-4636.
    "Al Otro Lado (To the Other Side)," Capitol Hill Branch, 425 Harvard Ave. E., (206) 684-4715
    "Sentenced Home," Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., (206) 684-4089
    "Lost Boys of Sudan," High Point Branch, 3411 S.W. Raymond St., (206) 684-7454


See below for information on each movie:

"Lost Boys of Sudan" follows two young refugees of Sudan's 20-year civil war, Peter and Santino, through their first year in America. Along with 20,000 other boys, they lost their families and wandered hundreds of miles across the desert seeking safety. Directed and produced by Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk (87 minutes). Discussion with representatives of the Southern Sudanese Community of Washington and the International Rescue Committee.

"Sentenced Home" examines the deportation of three Cambodian refugees who, having grown up in Seattle, are drawn into gang life and ultimately end up in jail. In the wake of 9/11, these Cambodian Americans are faced with leaving their families and returning to a land they barely know. Directed by Nicole Newnham and David Grabias (76 minutes). Discussion with Many Uch and Jay Stansell from the film and Roeun Sam, co-founder of the Cambodian Women's Association.

"The Hobart Shakespeareans" explores how one teacher's uncommon commitment and resourcefulness opened up worlds of opportunity for his students from mostly immigrant and refugee families and perhaps demonstrates a way forward for America's beleaguered public education system. Directed and produced by Mel Stuart (56 minutes). Discussion with Martin O'Callaghan, principal, Bilingual Orientation Center, (Saturday screening only) Mohamed Hassan, community liaison and assistant teacher for the Tukwila School District, and Katrina Dohn, teacher at the Tukwila Elementary School and vice president of the Tukwila Children's Foundation.

"Al Otro Lado (To the Other Side)" follows Magdiel, an aspiring corrido composer from the drug capital of Mexico, as he faces two difficult choices to better his life: to traffic drugs or to risk his life crossing the border illegally into the United States. Performance footage by "corridor" music superstars is interspersed with the day-to-day struggles of Magdiel as he embarks on an uncertain journey." Directed by Natalia Almada (60 minutes). Discussion with Jesus Rodriguez, leadership development coordinator for the Nonprofit Assistance Center, and (Sunday screening only) Hilary Stern, executive director of Casa Latina.

Keynote Address: Ray Suarez "The Immigration Controversy: Why It's Relevant to You"
7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, Town Hall, Eighth Avenue and Seneca Street
Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for "The NewsHour" on PBS, will discuss the immigration issue and why it has people crossing party lines. Enrique Cerna, co-creator, host and executive producer of the weekly news and current affairs program "KCTS Connects," will moderate the discussion. Copies of Suarez's new book, "The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America," will be available for purchase and signing. This program is co-presented with The Elliott Bay Book Company.

The Seattle office of the International Rescue Committee is an agency that provides emergency relief, rehabilitation, resettlement services and advocacy for local refugees. KCTS is a local television station committed to improving the quality of life in local communities.

The September Project is sponsored by the Library, the International Rescue Committee and KCTS Television with generous support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

For more information about September Project programs at the Library, call (206) 386-4636. For more information about September Project programs at participating libraries in other cities and countries, see

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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