Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actor: Citizens of Farmingville
Director: Catherine Tambini;Carlos Sandoval (II)
Winner of the Special Jury Proze 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, i... more »
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** ** Balanced ... and Sad ** **
Christine M. Tynes | Virginia Beach, VA | 05/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great documentary that is balanced on both sides of the Illegal Immigration debate. You get to see how tough being an Illegal Immigrant is in a strange land when you are just trying to feed yourself and your family. On the other hand, you get to see how a mass influx of people from a different culture suddenly and drastically changes your environment. My feelings on Illegal Immigration are mixed, but at the end of the day I always come back to my moral and Christian teachings.
Good documentary that is fair, gives you both sides of the issue and might make you think critically about this complex issue instead of just seeing it as black and white or 1 dimensional. Highly recommended."
History repeating itself
J. M. Wolski | Lansing, MI | 01/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm still reeling from the first review on this page and how utterly ignorant it is. I do not find this documentary very misleading, considering the fact that it takes time to interview and show individuals from both sides to let them say what they think. The interviews with the woman in charge of the SQL (Sachem Quality of Life is what I believe it stands for) are not edited to manipulate her words, and some of her points are indeed valid. But, alas, in my opinion most are not. After watching this film multiple times I have found that different people will see one side or the other in this debate as being right based on their own personal beliefs. This is human nature, and it's something we have to learn to quit denying so vehemently. We only know what we have been taught.
I was raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan which I hate to say is a fairly racist community. Even more saddening is the fact that most of the people I grew up with which were racist had nothing tangible to back up their accusations, since there was no ethnic population of any kind (other than Native American, which co-existed fairly peacefully) to base their statements on. I think much of the same naive, ignorant sentiment is displayed in this film, and the directors do a very good job of letting the footage speak for itself. We fear change as a species, and change is what the people of Farmingville are afraid of as well.
One of the best points made in the film is that over the course of American history this kind of behavior is not uncommon or undocumented. Irish, Italian, and other races (which were then minorities and immigrants) experienced the same kind of persecution over a hundred years ago while trying to obtain jobs here in America. Just because the times have changed does not mean that human beings as a whole have evolved beyond our petty perceptions of others or our ability to believe that whatever race is dominant should be able to stay so at all costs. America is a melting pot and this film, to me, really shows people that want to stay out of the proverbial stew. While some may not agree with me on this, this is what I perceived and anyone who disagrees with me is certainly entitled to. But please make sure and reflect while you disagree, because that in itself is what makes this film so great. You might find out some things about the way you perceive others."
A fantastic effort, but a bit uneven...
Lee Di George | 11/11/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is turly a story that needs to be told, no matter the consequences. However, due to the political idealologies, the message comes across in a somewhat partisan fashion.
Granted, the issue of illegal aliens has surfaced in a huge way, and although I wholeheartedly agree wit the message Sandoval is sending, I see a few issues with the film.
Truly, a documentary is nearly impossible to create without the director feeling strongly one way or the other. For instance, after the vote to overturn the veto in regards to the creation of a hiring hall is denied, the movie shows the SQL (the grassroots group looking to deport these aliens) singing a bonechilling version of "God Bless America"
Although powerful, these scenes really cut through the audience and leaves an indelible mark.
If you're expecting a documentary that truly slices the issue down the middle, move elsewhere. However, if you're looking for a movie that captures the element of evil and exacerbates it into the SQL, the moving is incredible powerful.
Even though this review sounds somewhat critical, the movie itself should be seen by all, just for the worldly knowledge of life outside of your hometown. I still recommend it."
A. L Vanderland | Montpelier, VA United States | 03/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I go to school on Long Island and I saw this documentarye at an event on my campus. I think it's very fascinating and does a wonderful job of exploring both sides of the issue. I had a chance to see the filmmakers speak and they are both incredibly intelligent; it shows in the film. Highly recommend for anyone that wants to learn about an issue that is still explosive now in the 21st century."