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PBS Premiere: June 22, 2004


The shocking hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican day laborers catapult a small Long Island town into national headlines, unmasking a new front line in the border wars: suburbia. For nearly a year, Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini lived and worked in Farmingville, New York, so they could capture first-hand the stories of residents, day laborers and activists on all sides of the debate. This timely and powerful film is more than a story about illegal immigration. Ultimately it challenges viewers to ask what the 'American dream' really means. An Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) co-presentation. An Active Voice selection. A 2004 Election Issue Special.

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TAGS: day laborers, hate crimes, immigrants, suburbs, violence

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Film Information

Farmingville (90 min.)

Premiere Date: June 22, 2004

Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmakers: Carlos Sandoval, Catherine Tambini Bio | Interview | Statement


Carlos Sandoval
Carlos Sandoval
Catherine Tambini
Catherine Tambini

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Critical Acclaim

Farmingville is a primer for anyone — whether lawmaker or citizen — who cares to better understand the usually unseen cost of America's appetite for cheap labor.”

— Carolyn Curiel,
The New York Times

Farmingville ...should become required viewing for every decision-maker and local official in the State of New York.”

Newsday editorial

It has something illuminating to say to every faction depicted or alluded to in its 86 minutes: the rabidly resistant, the blindly tolerant and, perhaps most of all, the big-picture leaders who need to see — and sweat — the small stuff.”

— Noel Holston, Newsday

It may well be the most important film to debut at the Sundance Film Festival. The film is Farmingville, a hard-hitting documentary about the impact of illegal aliens on one small New York community. ...It is an absolutely terrific documentary on a complex, difficult subject. ...and allows us to get to know all sides of this dispute.”

— Lou Dobbs, Lou Dobbs Tonight, CNN

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