The Letter: An American Town and the 'Somali Invasion'

2005
 
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The Letter: An American Town and the 'Somali Invasion'
Arab Film Distribution | Release Date: February 9, 2005
Summary: In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy a firestorm erupts when Mayor Larry Ramond of Lewiston, Maine sends an open letter to 1,100 newly arrived Somali refugees advising them that the city's resources are strained to the limit and asking other Somalis not to move to the city. Interpreted as a rallying cry by white supremacist groups across theIn the wake of the 9/11 tragedy a firestorm erupts when Mayor Larry Ramond of Lewiston, Maine sends an open letter to 1,100 newly arrived Somali refugees advising them that the city's resources are strained to the limit and asking other Somalis not to move to the city. Interpreted as 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. (Arab Film Distribution) Expand
Director: Ziad H. Hamzeh
Genre(s): Documentary
Runtime: 76 min
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