Directed by: Catherine Tambini and Carlos Sandoval
Produced by: Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini
Running Time: 78 min
Subtitles: English, Spanish
In some ways, it's a familiar American story: an influx of illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico to do work the locals won't; a flourishing "low-wage" labor market that depends on them; rising tensions with the resident Anglo population; charges and counter-charges of lawlessness and racism; organizing and counter-organizing -- then a violent hate crime that tears a community apart. FARMINGVILLE meticulously reveals the underlying forces, and the human impact, of what has become the largest influx of Mexican workers in U.S. history — a migration that economic globalization is carrying beyond border areas and major cities and into the small cities and towns of America. The filmmakers spent nearly a year in FARMINGVILLE, talking to all sides and filming the conflict as it unfolded in legal and political maneuverings, community organizing, vigilante action and, most tragically, violence. FARMINGVILLE achieves a remarkable intimacy with many of the principal players in the town's drama, who share their personal hopes and fears, revealing just how profoundly local all politics, even global politics, are.
Best Documentary- CineFestival 2004 (San Antonio, TX)
Best Documentary - San Diego Latino Film Festival 2004
Human Rights Award - RiverRun Film Festival 2004
“A provocative, heartbreaking film… What makes Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini’s documentary so effective is its sense of fairness to all parties.” — Time Out New York
“A sharp, sophisticated documentary about the clash over migrant labor in Long Island, this film is a relevant critical intervention” — New York Magazine
“an unusually sensitive and sophisticated piece of investigative journalism.” — The New York Times
“‘Farmingville’ is a primer for anyone — whether lawmaker or citizen — who cares to better understand the usually unseen cost of America's appetite for cheap labor.” — The New York Times Editorial
Presented by the Independent Television Service, Inc. and Latino Public Broadcasting with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, with additional funding by The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The Sundance Documentary Fund.