||Posted: Nov. 28 2003,19:35
Update: The “Letter” and “The Letter”
Well, I guess they have come back. Not the same ones that were here on January 11th but another form of “the media.” We musn’t sell them short; they know a good story when they see one.
In this case, though, it’s the doing of a single person, independent film-maker, Ziad Hamzeh. I have learned that he has crafted a thoughtful documentary of the events surrounding Lewiston Mayor Raymond’s plea to the local Somali community and of the fallout that ensued.
His film, ironically titled The Letter, as was my earlier report, has apparently caught the nation’s attention. Premiering on November 13th at The American Film Institute in Los Angeles, the documentary recieved high praise and has been requested by HBO, Showtime and PBS, among others.
The Many And One Coalition, the local group that quickly formed to organize the peace rally on Jan. 11th, is alive and well and has become the community’s watchdog on issues pertaining to diversity. They, too, have requested a copy of the film to be shown locally. It will probably be some time before I have the opportunity to see the film myself but the fact that is of national interest underlines how a few “common folk” can have a significant impact on public conciousness.