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Farmingville, New York: “This is the latest battle over the American Dream”

Here is some information shared with us by our friends at WISDOM.

First, WISDOM is part of a campaign to make drivers cards available to undocumented people in Wisconsin. Please contact your state Assembly Person and Senator (click for talking points).

Second, we introduce you to Farmingville, a documentary from the Point of View (POV) series on PBS.  The documentary is free to watch until November 18, http://video.pbs.org/video/1264711314/program/1154485580#

About Farmingville

The shocking hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican day laborers catapult a small Long Island town into national headlines, unmasking a new front line in the border wars: suburbia. For nearly a year, Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini lived and worked in Farmingville, New York, so they could capture first-hand the stories of residents, day laborers and activists on all sides of the debate.
The day workers themselves, led by Matilde Parada, organize a mutual association called Human Solidarity to counter the harassment, fight for their rights, and reach out to the community. The workers come together on one of their most shared cultural traditions — soccer — and, in one of the conflict’s few bright spots, employ their hard-earned expertise in landscaping in exchange for permission to play on a local school’s athletic fields. The fields are groomed and a different kind of interaction is fostered when the workers joyously take the field. Yet despite the hopeful signs of conciliation and progress, Farmingville ends without resolution; at the film’s conclusion we find the community still struggling with a situation to which no clear solution seems imminent.
Farmingville is a complex, emotional portrait of an American town in rapid transition from a relatively homogenous community to a 21st-century village. “We wanted to tell this story from the inside out,” says co-producer Sandoval, “to capture the story as it happened. We shot over 200 hours of footage, in two languages, to reveal the personal stories behind the headlines and sound bites.”
“This is the latest battle over the American Dream,” adds co-producer Tambini, “one that puts every American town on the front line of deciding just who shares — and who controls — that dream.”


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