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Catherine Tambini & Carlos Sandoval

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About the Movie

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, P.O.V. presents Farmingville, a provocative, complex, and emotionally charged look into the ongoing nationwide controversy surrounding a suburban community, its ever-expanding population of illegal immigrants, and the shockingly hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican day laborers. In the late 1990s, some 1,500 Mexican workers moved to the leafy, middle-class town of Farmingville, population 15,000. In some ways, it is a familiar American story: an influx of illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico to do work the locals won't; rising tensions with the Anglo population; charges and counter-charges of lawlessness and racism; protest marches, unity rallies and internet campaigns--then vicious hate crimes that tear the community apart. But this isn't the story of a California, Texas or other Southwestern city. It's the endlessly enthralling tale of Farmingville, New York, on Long Island. Sharply and intimately directed by Catherine Tambini and Carlos Sandoval, who moved to Farmingville after the tumultuous clash catapulted the town into national headlines, Farmingville is an astounding glimpse into an issue that continues to anger, frighten and confuse us.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 14
  • Fresh: 11
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The documentary Farmingville explores questions about hatred, tolerance and the future of labor and immigration law in America. – Dana Stevens, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Sincere but unexceptional docu. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: The strength of the film is its presentation of a complex national issue as it rears its ugly head on a local level. – James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – John Anderson, Newsday, Jun 24, 2010

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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2004

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