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Do Not Enter: The Visa War Against Ideas (1986)

"Do Not Enter" is a thought-provoking and entertaining investigation of the far-reaching historic effects of the 1952 McCarran Walter Act, largely repealed in 1991-repealed with the help of... See full summary »

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"Do Not Enter" is a thought-provoking and entertaining investigation of the far-reaching historic effects of the 1952 McCarran Walter Act, largely repealed in 1991-repealed with the help of this documentary. The Act had been used to bar 250,000 foreigners from entering the U.S. on political grounds. The USA Patriot Act has revived much of the McCarthy era law whose impact on free speech and foreign policy is the focus of "Do Not Enter." Exclusive interviews with prominent cultural and political figures amplify the legacy of this Cold War law and its blockade of democracy's free flow of ideas. The filmmakers traveled to twelve countries to interview people invited to speak or participate in U.S. cultural activities, to learn why they had been denied U.S. visas and what they might have told Americans if allowed to enter the U.S. "A bold, indignant documentary." -Newsday "An excellent resource for classes." -Journal of American History "This outstanding video should be seen by every ... Written by Robert Richter

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