Indie Lens Pop-Up Film Screening Series
Feature Film: A Town Called Victoria
Shubert Theatre will debut the new season of Indie Lens Pop-Up, the long-running community screening series that has brought people together for community-driven conversations around its thought-provoking documentaries. Patrons will have the opportunity to view the films before they air on television on INDEPENDENT LENS, PBS’s award-winning documentary anthology series.
Through its roster of five documentary projects this season, Indie Lens Pop-Up will ignite conversations on a range of topics impacting communities around the U.S., including the Muslim American experience, climate gentrification, and race and gender equity in mainstream media. This season’s topics also aim to expand perspectives through deeply personal stories, like what it means to live with Parkinson’s disease, and how the Deaf and hard of hearing community redefine what it means to listen.
A Town Called Victoria - October 26, 2023
Film by Li Lu
A mosque in South Texas erupts in flames. After the cameras turn away and the narrative slips from the headlines, the town of Victoria must overcome its age-old political, racial, and economic divides, and begin the hard work of changing itself for the better.
After the film, we will have a brief discussion moderated by Dr. Farah Choudry. Farah Choudhry earned her degree in medicine at the Fatimah Jinnah Medical University in Lahore, Pakistan. She has been a board-certified doctor of Pediatric and Adolescent medicine for the last 23 years here in CT. She did her pediatric residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and has practice medicine in the Waterbury-Middlebury area since 1998. She is married with three adult children. She enjoys gardening, outdoor activities, and working to benefit the community.
Learn more about the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut.
The film runs approximately 1 hour with a 20-minute post-film discussion.
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