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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.


Ziad H. Hamzeh


Ziad H. Hamzeh
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Credited cast:
Ziad H. Hamzeh ... Himself


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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Hamzeh Mystique Films




English | Somali

Release Date:

13 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Lewiston, Maine, USA

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1.66 : 1
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Brilliant work!!!
6 July 2004 | by shukri_farahSee all my reviews

The film (the Letter) is an impressive piece of work. A true story, very well put together with a wealth of useful messages and information that has opened a new page in the history of the people in Lewiston, ME.

'The letter' shows the beauty of America. Where else would one find this type of life? - Where two opposing sides (bad ones trying to kick out innocent/hard working immigrants who are contributing to the economy of Lewiston, and the good ones putting their lives in the line of fire to show the world a real humane action) came to challenge each other.

As a Somali, I am overwhelmed by the sacrifice extended for the well-being and the safety my people enjoy today in Lewiston, Maine. My praise to the good people (supporters) of Lewiston, ME. Praise also to the courageous Somalis who refused to be intimidated by the ignorant hate groups.

Praise and special thanks to Mr. Ziad Hamzeh, the filmmaker and his team who had produced this well balanced, informative piece of work. Braaaaaaavoooooo!!!

Hamzeh Mystique Film Team – please keep up the good work!

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