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Download the discussion guide for the documentary Farmingville and use it for facilitating conversation about this film at home, in the classroom or at community screenings.

Farmingville: Discussion Guide

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This guide is an invitation to dialogue. It is based on a belief in the power of human connection, designed for people who want to use this documentary to engage family, friends, classmates, colleagues and communities. In contrast to initiatives that foster debates in which participants try to convince others that they are right, this document envisions conversations undertaken in a spirit of openness in which people try to understand one another and expand their thinking by sharing viewpoints and listening actively. The discussion prompts are intentionally crafted to help a wide range of audiences think more deeply about the issues in the film. Rather than attempting to address them all, choose one or two that best meet your needs and interests. And be sure to leave time to consider taking action. Planning next steps can help people leave the room feeling energized and optimistic, even in instances when conversations have been difficult.

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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

Film Update

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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