New Film on Marcelo Lucero Debuts December 2


The new film Deputized is the most complete documentary on the Marcelo Lucero murder. It premieres on Dec. 2 at the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Festival. Here’s the link for tickets. Here is a fuller description of the film:

Just before midnight on a deceptively peaceful night in a Long Island town, Marcelo Lucero, a 37-year old Ecuadorian immigrant, is assaulted by a group of teenaged boys cruising the street “beaner-hopping,” a term used to describe the ritual of attacking Latinos for sport. The game ends with the fatal stabbing of Lucero, exposing a thinly veiled system of intolerance for immigrants in the community. Seventeen-year old Jeffery Conroy, a popular high school athlete is sentenced to 25 years for a hate crime, while the other involved teens get 5-to-8 years behind bars. Hagedorn explores the crime from a variety of perspectives, probing the lives of the victim, the boys and the socio-cultural conditions that brought them together.

Sue Hagedorn has been making documentary films for ten years. A nurse practitioner, educator and qualitative researcher, Hagedorn uses her background to bring a humanistic and intimate style to filmmaking. She founded Seedworks Films as the action arm of the Seedworks Fund, a private foundation whose mission is seeding social change. Deputized is her first feature-length documentary.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.