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The Letter: An American Town and the 'Somali Invasion' (2003)

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In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy a firestorm erupts when 1,100 Somali refugees relocate to predominately white Lewiston, Maine.



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In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy a firestorm erupts when Mayor Larry Raymond of Lewiston, Maine sends a letter to 1,100 newly arrived Somali refugees advising that the city's resources are strained to the limit and asking that other Somalis not to move to the city. Interpreted as racism by some and a rallying cry by white supremacist groups across the United States, THE LETTER documents the crossfire of emotions and events, culminating in a "hate" rally convened by The World Church of the Creator and a counter "peace" rally involving 4,000 Lewiston residents supporting ethnic and cultural diversity. Written by Marc Sandler

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Utterly Absorbing...brilliantly constructed...SEE IT!
12 July 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Lately, I have fallen in love with the documentary genre. Not only do you get to see an ultimate honesty in presentation but you get to leave the Hollywood stupidity far behind. It is like guilty pleasures that are newly found. Some documentaries have the magical powers to divide a nation faster than the red sea. Others have the ability to make you think. The Letter has the unique ability to unite, to inspire, and to move you to a place where being good means ultimate cool. The sound mix is very smart. It moves you effortlessly and appropriately between scenes helping underscore the values imparted. The visuals are wonderfully balanced with a hard sense of reality. The editing is great. Unlike those PBS slow...eternal zooming in on a still picture while someone is telling you how to feel, The Letter engulfs you fully not letting up until the time the usher comes and says: you have to leave now, sir. GREAT JOB.

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