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Political asylum in the US: who deserves it? who gets it? who decides?
This documentary film takes us to an in-depth look at the asylum process of the federal U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Stunning, excellent, even-handed view of the very human asylum process See more (3 total) »

Directed by
Michael Camerini 
Shari Robertson 
Produced by
Rachel Boynton .... associate producer
Michael Camerini .... producer
Kathy Conkwright .... senior associate producer
Michael Feinberg .... associate producer
Paula Hacopian .... senior associate producer
Bronwyn Jones .... associate producer
Shari Robertson .... producer
Laj Waghray .... associate producer (as Lajwanti Waghray)
Original Music by
Mark Suozzo (music composed and conducted by)
Cinematography by
Michael Camerini 
Film Editing by
Karen Schmeer 
Sound Department
John Dildine .... sound
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Amanda Cole .... camera assistant
Karine Hrechdakian .... camera assistant
Karl Schurman .... lighting consultant
Editorial Department
Christopher Osborn .... additional editor
Suzanne Pancrazi .... assistant editor
Noëlle Penraat .... negative cut
Other crew
Marc Ameruso .... assistant to senior associate producer
Brett Fredrick .... production assistant

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119 min


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Stunning, excellent, even-handed view of the very human asylum process, 8 June 2000
Author: bridges-4 from Tucson, AZ

Well-founded fear, a documentary showing a a revealing look inside the INS's political asylum process. The film-makers were given unprecedented access to the process, including cameras in normally closed asylum interviews, along with interviews of the people seeking asylum, the asylum officers who hear the cases and make the decisions, and their supervisors. The film shows the truly human process of deciding who gets asylum and who does not, and shows both the officers and the applicants in a revealing light. At times the officers look jaded, sometimes compassionate, and sometimes frustrated at the process they have to administer. The individual stories range from the frustrating ones of people who have obviously suffered, but may not meet the US's asylum standard even if their stories are true, to truly inspiring stories, like one of a tortured Chinese poet. Not easy movie to watch, but *definitely* worth watching.

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