‘9500 Liberty’ Film Proves Power of Social Media
Posted on May 15, 2012
There are many great films out there that educate folks on issues they might not be aware of. Annabel Park and Eric Byler’s 9500 Liberty (Snag Films) is one of them. The film documents the first time in U.S. history that an Arizona-style immigration law was actually implemented—and the surprising grassroots opposition that led to its repeal.
9500 Liberty captures the racial tension and threats of violence that erupted in 2009 in Prince William County, Virginia after a law requiring the police to question people who appear to be undocumented immigrants was adopted. Supporters of the law rode a wave of hysteria to an election victory, but many reconsidered when the local economy felt the impact of a sudden exodus of workers, consumers, and business owners. Despite fears of reprisal, a group of concerned citizens launched a “virtual resistance” campaign via social media, setting up a final showdown with the law’s ferocious advocates.
Watch the film in its entirety below: