POV (2004)

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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.

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A thoughtful, old-school documentary.

Oct 29, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

Farmingville doggedly taps into the larger forces at work, including government disregard of an escalating problem, and offers only the smallest glimmer of hope that the two sides can work things out through ingenuity and compromise.

Oct 29, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

The documentary Farmingville explores questions about hatred, tolerance and the future of labor and immigration law in America.

Oct 28, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

With the intervening events of 9/11 and the Patriot Act, the subject of what happened in Farmingville - and what would have happened, had it happened now -- are more relevant than ever.

Oct 28, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4
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Sincere but unexceptional docu.

Oct 28, 2004
Variety
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Sandoval and Tambini's timid document attends mostly to a handful of loudmouths and moments of local legislation.

Oct 19, 2004

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