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Chasing Freedom (2004)

A lawyer reluctantly takes on the pro bono asylum case of a woman who has fled the brutal Taliban regieme in Afghanistan and arrived in the United States seeking freedom.

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Inspired by a true story, a self-centered corporate lawyer is forced to take on a pro-bono case to help a young Afghan woman seek refuge from the tyrannical regime of the Taliban. Together the two women take on a brutal legal system to win asylum. Written by Anonymous

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More true to life than some realise
15 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Enough has been said about the quality of the acting in this film so I won't add to that other than to say that it doesn't bother me if an actress portraying a New Yorker under stress doesn't talk very, very very fast - I'd rather be able to understand her lines! I just wanted to say that those who think that the inhumanity of the INS service or the lack of compassion of the officers and judges was overplayed have never been inside an immigration courtroom or had any dealings with the immigration service. In that respect the film was depressingly accurate. It saddens me that in the quest to 'protect' ourselves from those without legitimate requests for asylum, we have to treat everyone so appallingly, with representation that barely passes any reasonable competency test, as if the majority of asylees haven't suffered enough. Asylum seekers have, more often than not, barely escaped from their countries with their lives and the clothes on their back and they get treated like criminals. Some would say that it's shameful.

I'm just sorry that this film didn't make theatres and isn't required viewing for the general public.


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