LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- What can people in Lewiston learn from immigrant tension in Long Island? A lot -- according to Bates College students organizing film screenings this week.
Sociology students Julia Eyman and Elena Jay are working with Lewiston community activists in the group Welcoming Maine to put on free screenings of the documentary "Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness," at the Lewiston Public Library.
The screenings are Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday at noon in Callahan Hall.
"Not In Our Town" is about the muder of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero in Patchogue, New York in 2008.
Although Lewiston/Auburn has not seen any hate crimes like this one, the students recognize tension between new and native Mainers in the area.
"It's not really outright hostility or ignornace, I think it's really just a matter of not communicating with each other," said Jay.
The film can serve as a cautionary tale about immigrant relations, and how expressions in the home can grow into attitudes in the community.
"The narrorator poses the question, 'What would you do if this happened in your town?' And I really believe that showing this film in the Lewiston community is going to be a really effective way of getting the dialogue started," said Jay.