Awards Circuit: Poignant ‘Killer Bees’ Stings You Right in the Heart ★★★
By Mark Johnson – Nov 16, 2018
Located in the South Fork of Suffolk County, in the heart of the infamously rich triangle of towns that make up the Hamptons of New York (East Hampton, Southampton, and Sag Harbor), lies the hamlet of Bridgehampton – a community of less than 1,500 lower-income residents, with a high population of African-American families. The citizens of this town are often made to feel like outcasts in their part of the world, as multi-million dollar vacation homes are built up around them, squeezing the locals out of the land that they and their families have long dwelled upon. Bridgehampton was once a prominent source of potato farms in the middle part of the 20th century. But as the wealthy condo communities continue to grow, many of the jobs that once employed a large number of migrant workers have vanished. As exceeding providence begins to drown out extreme poverty, the townspeople turn to the one thing that unites them together the most – the high school basketball team.