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The Letter, An American Town and the Somali Invasion.

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In The Letter, director Ziad H. Hamzeh explores what American news outlets have dubbed the Somali Invasion of Lewiston, Maine an insulated, predominantly white former mill town struggling to maintain its equilibrium in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy.

A firestorm of controversy erupts when Lewiston, Maine Mayor Larry Raymond sends an open letter to the 1,100 newly-arrived Somali refugees. He informs them that the city's resources are strained to the limit and asks them to tell other Somalis not to move to the city, a move interpreted as racism by some and a rallying cry by white supremacist groups across the United States.

The Letter documents the ensuing cross-current of emotions and events, culminating in an anti-immigrant rally convened by The World Church of the Creator and a counter demonstration involving nearly 4,000 Lewiston residents supporting ethnic and cultural diversity.

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  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Biographies
  • Audio: Arabic, Somali
  • Subtitles: English
  • Review

    A documentary thrill-ride... Ziad Hamzeh's new documentary THE LETTER moves as breathlessly as a Hollywood thriller - only it's much more frightening because it's true. --New York Post

    Mr. Hamzeh's film is responsible and intelligent, and important as a record of a disturbing incident. And there is something particularly thrilling about the sight of white Mainers, bundled up against the New England snows, happily swaying and shouting the word 'freedom' to the beat of an African drum. --New York Times

    Ziad H. Hamzeh's THE LETTER is an especially dramatic work... A study of the American Dream in collapse. --Variety

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    Product details

    • Actors: Documentary
    • Directors: Ziad H. Hamzeh
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
    • Language: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      NR
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Arab Film Distribution
    • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
    • Run Time: 76 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
    • ASIN: B000ARXGAO
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,859 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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