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

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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Complex, and beautiful
12 August 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

One of the strongest elements about this film is the editing style. It puts it on a level by itself. More importantly, it allows the viewer to come to the hopeful conclusion that they reach. The quick cuts are masterful in delivering just the right amount of information so that it moves and links the story brilliantly. Maybe this film was made with young alert audience in mind because it certainly demands your attention and full faculty. The unfolding of the event and seeing stock footage was very clear in the film-making style. The eveness in the intreviews were highly appreciated.

This film is honest, and truthful.


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