Strangers in Town (runtime: 33:17) tells the story of how global migration unexpectedly transformed and enriched Garden City, Kansas. The influx of people from around the world brought great challenges to the community, including demands for housing, social services, education, and infrastructure. For the current students at Garden City High School, the town’s remarkable diversity is all they’ve ever known. Strangers in Town gives new meaning to the city’s motto: “the world grows here,” and provides an inspiring view of human possibility in the face of change. After the screening, there will be a panel discussion with filmmakers Steve Lerner and Reuben Aaronson. Amy Longa from the International Rescue Committee and Professor Debra Bolton of Kansas State University will also take part in this important discussion.
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