This lively, inspiring film follows the 2016 Minnesota House of Representatives campaign of Ilhan Omar, a Somali immigrant who attempts to unseat a 43-year incumbent and other challengers. Minnesota director Shapiro tells an often-surprising story about “immigrants who embrace American ideals, and who are sometimes disappointed by them” in this “exciting and entertaining documentary” (Film Journal International).
The Twelfth Annual Flyway Film Festival will take place October 10-13, 2019 in Pepin, Stockholm, and Alma, Wisconsin, with other locations TBD. Flyway Film Festival's mission is to bring the best in independent film to the Lake Pepin area of Wisconsin and Minnesota for the purposes of cultural enrichment, community-building, arts education, and to inspire the next generation of filmmakers. The festival venues are on the shores of Lake Pepin, a part of the Mississippi that widens to a 40-square-mile “lake” sixty miles downstream from the Twin Cities. The area is known for its scenic river bluffs as well as for its vibrant arts scene, gourmet dining, and sailing. The Great River Road, which runs along the Wisconsin side of Lake Pepin, was named the “Prettiest Drive in America” by the Huffington Post.