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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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Touching documentary involving U.S. refugees. 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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Touching documentary involving U.S. refugees., 6 June 2007
Author: OllieSuave-007 from California, USA

This is a touching documentary about the asylum process within the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). In this film, we see people who are struggling from political or religious persecutions in their home countries and, therefore, trying to seek refuge in the United States. Each individual's lives is depicted in depth in this film, with them stating their own reasons to seek refuge to the United States as they appear in an interview before an asylum officer at the INS. Some applicants try to overstep their authority with the officer, trying to convince them that they are entitled to stay in the U.S., making up stories during the interview process. When officers detect any suspicious, they refer those cases to an Immigration Judge for a decision. Those who are truthful can lead to an immediate approval of refugee status. At least two people depicted in this film, who were tortured in their countries because of their beliefs, were immediately granted status in the United States. Their reactions of relief and gladness were heartwarming.

Overall, a very detailed and emotional documentary. Though the INS can be sometimes seen as bureaucratic, it can be seen as a fodder of hope and goodness. I had the pleasure of meeting the directors of this film, Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson, back in 2002 when they were filming a documentary at the Sacramento INS office involving the naturalization process, and was privileged to be part of the film.

Grade A

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