Local PBS to screen immigration film 'State of Arizona' free with panel discussion

East Tennessee PBS will present a preview screening of the PBS documentary "The State of Arizona," followed by a moderated panel discussion about immigration reform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, the East Tennessee PBS studio, 1611 E. Magnolia Ave. The event is free to the public.

Produced and directed by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini, the film documents the reactions and results of the controversial Senate Bill 1070 law, commonly called the "Show Me Your Papers Law." De Ann Pendry, of the University of Tennessee, Darwin Guerrero, a social worker with Austin East High School, and a representative of from the Knox County Sherriff's Department will participate in the panel discussion and question and answer session following the film.

The film will later be aired as part the "Independent Lens" series at 10 p.m., Monday, Jan. 27.

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