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This documentary follows a community in crisis after the fatal attack of a local immigrant resident. Stunned by the violence, diverse community stakeholders openly confront the crime and the divisive atmosphere, and commit to ongoing actions to prevent future hate crimes and intolerance.

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  • Actors: .
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DJ7B82
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,465 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 22, 2011
A documentary on one town's war against hate - but it doesn't dig deep enough.

This 56-minute documentary was broadcast on PBS by KQED in Northern California as part of a series titled "Not In Our Town". Each episode of the NIOT series focused on how a community dealt with violence or hate crimes in their community. This episode focuses on the small town of Patchogue, NY - 90 minutes north of Manhattan - on Long Island. The town has a significant portion of Hispanic aliens (including illegal ones) from Ecuador. These Hispanics were being harassed by some residents and often chased or beaten. The hate crimes came to a head when one young man was brutally killed. The mayor took it upon himself to get the community together to insure that everyone (EVERYONE - whether legal or illegally residing in the town) was safe.

We learn that the murder was done by seven teenagers who were from a neighboring town; not residents of Patchogue. The leader originally pleaded guilty (later changing his plea). While a little time is spent covering the trial - that is not the focus of this film. In fact the one thing I found missing was any discussion of WHY these seven teens committed the crime. The easiest way to stop hate crimes (or any crime for that matter) is to understand the motive and then educate others so that it doesn't occur. We never (surprisingly) learn what the teens' defense position was. We do learn that the residents of Patchogue did hold a vigil, held another on the next two anniversaries of the killing and a few of the elected officials made a trip to the victim's home city in Ecuador.
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By iam on February 8, 2013
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I used this movie for a dialogue with interfaith and members of the community in my town. Followed with a very productive discussion.
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