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Farmingville (2003)

Director: Carlos Sandoval, Carlos Sandoval, Catherine Tambini, more...
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Studio: New Video Group
Genre: Documentary, Politics and Social Issues, Political & Social Issues
Running Time: 78 min.
Languages: English
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Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini direct Farmingville, a documentary about a suburban community torn apart by illegal immigration. In 2000, a conflict erupted resulting in the deaths of two Mexican workers at the hands of white men. The next year, Sandoval -- a former New York lawyer with no filmmaking experience -- moved to the Farmingville area of Long Island to make the film. He and Tambini attempt to present both sides of the issue in order to make a balanced argument. Farmingville is home to both wealthy home owners and immigrant day laborers, and each side has its share of activists. Farmingville was part of the documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival before receiving a broadcast premiere on the PBS series P.O.V. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Our Problem (well, one of 'em) by talltale September 13, 2005 - 8:09 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
A model documentary, POV: FARMINGVILLE shows both sides (and the middle) of the immigrant problem that came to this Long Island community a decade back and has spawned an entire circus--attempted murder, arson, protests, media headlines & community division--ever since. Although it was made two years ago, it remains timely and worth seeing and thinking about.

Illegal aliens joining America's work force (often because other Americans will not do the job that illegals are more than willing to tackle) is growing and continues to pose problems that our elected officials, right up to and including our current crummy (and that's a euphemism) President, would rather avoid addressing.

Fortunately this pair of documentarians--Catherine Tambini and Carlos Sandoval--are happy to plop us in the middle of it all and let us work it out. I suspect this film will remain timely for a long, long while.

Both sides of problem are presented well by WZoller April 4, 2005 - 3:37 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
The filmakers do a great job of presenting how both sides of the immigration issue are effecting this small Long Island community. My only comment is that the employers of these "illegal immigrants" are reaping all of the benefits of their employment without contributing anything to solve the problem. How does this differ from outsourcing employment to other countries where workers are earning less than American workers?
The movie left me with more questions than answers.

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