Deputized- A Sue Hagedorn film
In the aftermath of a senseless hate crime, an all-American town finds itself desperately seeking answers: What really killed Marcelo Lucero?
Just before midnight on November 8, 2008, in a deceptively peaceful Long Island town, 37-year-old Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero is assaulted by a group of teenaged boys cruising the streets “beaner–hopping,” a term used to describe the decade-long ritual of attacking Latinos for sport. The adolescent “game” comes to an end with the fatal stabbing of Lucero, exposing a thinly veiled systemic intolerance for immigrants. Seventeen-year-old Jeffery Conroy, a popular high school athlete, is sentenced to 25-years for a hate crime, while the other teens get 5 to 8-years behind bars.
Not satisfied with easy answers, Deputized delves deeply into the complex environment in which teens – pumped with adrenaline, aggression, alcohol and anger – target vulnerable Latinos perceived to be undocumented. The film dissects the anti-immigration messages and rhetoric flooding the community and raises the question: Were the teens deputized by the forces within their community to commit such a senseless act?
Thursday, September 5th at 5pm
Island Free Library
presented by the Seeking Shelter steering committee