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“A TOWN CALLED VICTORIA,” A THREE-PART DOCUSERIES EXPLORING THE IMPLICATIONS OF ISLAMOPHOBIA

HAWAIʻI WOMEN IN FILMMAKING IMPACT EVENT TO FEATURE SCREENING AND VIRTUAL Q&A WITH DIRECTOR LI LU.

(Honolulu, HI) — Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by ITVS, INDEPENDENT LENS and HAWAIʻI WOMEN IN FILMMAKING will host a screening of “A Town Called Victoria,” featuring a virtual conversation with director Li Lu. Join us for a conversation about the power of faith and community in the face of upheaval and hatred. On January 28, 2017, leaders of the Victoria, Texas, Muslim community, Abe Ajrami, Omar Rachid, and Dr. Shahid Hashmi, watched as their mosque burned to the ground. A Reel South and INDEPENDENT LENS original series from award-winning filmmaker Li Lu, “A Town Called Victoria” follows the aftermath and investigations into the fire to answer the question of how a multi-faith community can come together to heal and turn against hate. WHAT: FREE preview screening of “A Town Called Victoria” followed by a community discussion with director Li Lu. WHO: Presenters: Indie Lens Pop-Up, Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking, Hub Coworking Hawaiʻi WHEN: Thursday, November 30, 2023, Doors open at 5:00 pm, screening begins at 5:30 pm. WHERE: Hub Coworking Hawaiʻi, 1050 Queen Street, 100, Honolulu, HI 96814 ACCESSIBILITY: Open captions; Accessible parking is near venue⁠; Proximity to bus stop⁠; Accessible bathrooms⁠; Barrier-free pathways⁠; Wide doorways and aisles to accommodate wheelchairs/scooters⁠; No loose cables across walking areas⁠; Size inclusive seating and bathroom⁠ Light refreshment offered. For more information, visit: https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/documentaries/a-town-called-victoria/ About Li Lu (Director) was born in Suzhou, China, and raised in Sugar Land, Texas. Her narrative and documentary work has been supported by Sundance, Firelight Media, Ford Foundation, Austin Film Society, Gotham, and others. A lover of storytelling, Li strives to create bold and fearless projects spanning genre and form. About Indie Lens Pop-Up Indie Lens Pop-Up is a community series that brings people together for film screenings and conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS's INDEPENDENT LENS, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations to discuss what matters most. Learn more at pbs.org/indielenspopup About INDEPENDENT LENS INDEPENDENT LENS is an Emmy® Award-winning PBS documentary series. With founding executive producer Lois Vossen, the series has been honored with 10 Academy Award nominations and features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by ITVS, INDEPENDENT LENS is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Acton Family Giving, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts. Stream anytime on the PBS App. For more visit pbs.org/independentlens. About HAWAIʻI WOMEN IN FILMMAKING Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking advocates for women and girls (cis/trans), femmes, non-binary, gender-fluid and gender-queer to tell their stories through film with an intersectional lens. hawaiiwomeninfilmmaking.org


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