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Prejudice in the Catskills: Not what you think

That's filmmaker Jessica Vecchione, discussing the making of her flim "Bienvenidos a Fleischmanns" last night at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta.

The screening of the documentary, which is about the village of Fleischmanns in Delaware County which boasts a population that is 40 percent Mexican, was packed to the gills. (Rumor has it that several professors required it, $7 admission and all, for course credit.)

Afterwards, four academics from SUNY College at Oneonta joined Vecchione to tell the crowd that upstate New York ain't half as backwards as you'd think. In fact, several argued, the Catskills might actually be more tolerant and diverse than -- cough -- the big city. We'll post more clips from the discussion later today.

Updated: And we did! See 'em here.

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