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Film chronicling Muslim Congresswoman’s campaign to screen in Midd

MIDDLEBURY — The group Middlebury Showing Up for Racial Justice will host a public screening of the award-winning documentary film “Time for Ilhan” next Wednesday, May 8, at 4 and 7 p.m. at Middlebury’s Marquis Theater at 65 Main Street. This event is free and open to the public, although donations are being collected to fund anti-racism work in Addison County.
“Time for Ilhan” chronicles U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s historic campaign to become the country’s first Somali Muslim woman legislator. The film follows the young, hijabi-wearing mother of three as she challenges a 43-year incumbent in her Minneapolis state legislative district, home to the largest Somali community in the nation. A fresh and timely take on the classic American Dream, the film offers an inspiring, stereotype-busting portrait of one of America’s brightest new political stars, at the start of her meteoric ascent from political newcomer to one of the first Muslim Women in the U.S. Congress.
Film Journal says “Time for Ilhan leaves little doubt about what immigrants, especially diaspora survivors, have historically contributed to our democracy”; while the Chronicle of Philanthropy calls the film, “a riveting example of cinéma vérité,” revealing a deep look behind the scenes of a grass-roots movement.
On the heels of the historic 2018 midterm election, this event is part of the national Time for Ilhan Take Action! Screening Tour, aimed at inspiring and mobilizing women, people of color, new Americans, young people, and others who have been historically excluded from the political process to join forces with those working to build a more reflective, representative democracy.
For more info and to watch the trailer for “Time for Ilhan,” head online to timeforilhanfilm.com.
The suggested donation is $10, but no one turned away for lack of funds.

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