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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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13 November 2003 (USA)  »

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1 September 2004 | by (nyc) – See all my reviews

What a treat to see a film that has mastery and understanding. Not only does the film exhibit a work by a truly seasoned film-maker but it also brings to the audience an explosive subject brilliantly handled. The dramatic structure of the film reminds me of Bloody Sunday. It holds you heart from the first moment and runs with it all the way to the remarkable finish. I had to remind myself over and over that I am actually watching a documentary because it was so well done. The people who were watching the film with were all on the edge of their seats. I heard the gasps and the horror loud.

One member of the audience started shouting at the screen( Nazi section) calling them all sorts of names. Wow! All I can say over and over WOW!

The characters are admirable. The questions highly precise and wise. And the conclusion is undeniably uniting.

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