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  • Summary: After the September 11th terrorist attacks, more than 5,000 Arab or Muslim immigrants were taken into custody by the U.S. Justice Department and held indefinitely on the grounds of national security. Set in a bare room that functions variously as interrogation room, prison cell and home, this documentary consists of a series of intimate encounters with twelve detainees and family members. (First Run / Icarus Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Not a great movie, but a valuable and revealing document.
  2. 75
    The callous inequity of what you see and hear will floor you. It can't happen here. But it did. It does.
  3. Reviewed by: James Greenberg
    Does a great service in offering new information at a time when open discussion is more important than ever.
  4. 63
    Their often touching stories of how their lives - and livelihoods - were disrupted are effectively intercut with excerpts from press conferences in which Attorney General John Ashcroft.
  5. In a clear case of substance over style, this stark, clumsy documentary tells the heart-breaking stories of a dozen law-abiding Muslim or Arab immigrants and visa workers.
  6. 60
    The absence of style can be numbing, but it serves a purpose, positioning the documentary as a public record, not a work of art. As such, the film is eye-opening.
  7. The facts of their grim treatment, often exacerbated by their estrangement from their countries of origin, sometimes recall the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

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