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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.… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"A thoughtful, old-school documentary."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"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
"A stirring documentary."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"A film that is as complex as the issue it tackles."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"Sincere but unexceptional docu."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"This searing documentary argues against the use of near-slave level migrant labor, implying that the United States' economy would collapse without it."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"It's fun to watch the increasingly delusional loudmouth hausfraus wrap themselves in a big pre-9/11 flag while they complain about being unable to let their kids go outside."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"The documentary Farmingville explores questions about hatred, tolerance and the future of labor and immigration law in America."
‑ Dana Stevens, New York Times
"Sandoval and Tambini's timid document attends mostly to a handful of loudmouths and moments of local legislation."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Illuminating and alarming."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Hate crimes, racial tensions, economic strife, illegal immigration, and the preservation of white neighborhoods are familiar issues in this nation, but the crux of the documentary Farmingville is where these issues play out."
‑ Brad Slager, Film Threat
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