13 user 1 critic

Chasing Freedom (2004)

1:27 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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.



1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

How the discovery of a father's affair affects each member of his family.

Director: Michael Bortman
Stars: Peter Berg, Vincent D'Onofrio, Noah Wyle
The 4th Floor (1999)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A woman inherits a rent-controlled apartment and is terrorized by a neighbor.

Director: Josh Klausner
Stars: Juliette Lewis, William Hurt, Shelley Duvall
My Louisiana Sky (TV Movie 2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A 12-year-old girl re-evaluates her relationship with her developmentally disabled parents.

Director: Adam Arkin
Stars: Juliette Lewis, Kelsey Keel, Shirley Knight
Room to Rent (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Ali is a young Egyptian screenwriter determined to succeed in London, where he has been a student. He loves the artistic and political freedom, the colours, the music, the individualism. ... See full summary »

Director: Khaled El Hagar
Stars: Flaminia Cinque, Saïd Taghmaoui, Karim Belkhadra
Too Young to Die? (TV Movie 1990)
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An abused 15 year old is charged with a murder that carries the death penalty in this fact-based story.

Director: Robert Markowitz
Stars: Michael Tucker, Juliette Lewis, Brad Pitt
Some Girl (1998)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Four unstable twenty-something women search for long-term relationships in 1990s Los Angeles.

Director: Rory Kelly
Stars: Marissa Ribisi, Juliette Lewis, Michael Rapaport
Open Road (2013)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Angie, a young Brazilian artist, abandons her old life and embarks on a journey around the country. Running from her past, and searching for her foundation in life, Angie finds not only herself but love in its many forms.

Director: Marcio Garcia
Stars: Camilla Belle, Andy Garcia, Colin Egglesfield
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A woman gets in way over her head when she's in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Director: Bruce McDonald
Stars: Juliette Lewis, Gina Gershon, Mickey Rourke
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A mentally challenged girl proves herself to be every bit as capable as her "perfect" sister when she moves into an apartment and begins going to college.

Director: Garry Marshall
Stars: Juliette Lewis, Diane Keaton, Giovanni Ribisi
Foreverland (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young man with cystic fibrosis, along with the sister of a fallen friend, goes in search of a legendary healing shrine in Mexico.

Director: Max McGuire
Stars: Max Thieriot, Laurence Leboeuf, Demián Bichir
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A troubled young man struggling to right himself after the premature death of his father.

Director: James C.E. Burke
Stars: Joshua Jackson, Donald Sutherland, Juliette Lewis
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A family relocates from the city to a dilapidated house in the country that was once a grand estate. As they begin renovations, they discover their new home harbors a secret and may not be completely free of its former inhabitant.

Director: Mike Figgis
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, Stephen Dorff


Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Laughton
Michael David Simms ...
Yanna McIntosh ...
Eric Hoffman
Ali Jhon ...
Aziza Sindhu ...
Wajma Soroor ...
Gail Hanrahan ...
Andrew Misle ...
Stacey Zurburg ...
Rochelle Maitripala ...


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


History Is Written By The Brave.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of violence | See all certifications »




Release Date:

19 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A fény felé  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


References Escape from Taliban (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Fair and balanced
19 January 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This topical film portrays a true story based on the life of an Afghanistan immigrant who arrived in the US without the proper papers. As a result, she must withstand the many trials and tribulations in the U.S. court system to win asylum in the United States. With the Taliban in control in her home country, she fears for her life should she be deported. The corporate lawyer assigned to this pro bono case is Juliette Lewis while Layla Alizad plays the young woman seeking asylum. Both actors gave performances with great bravada, each displaying fortitude in the face of adversity. Their work in this Court TV movie should be recognized and I hope that Court TV continues to make original films of such quality. The film is definitely worth a looksee. It's timely and about as well written as just about any other tv movie out there, well directed and well acted.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Question About the Customs Agent Character played by Lisa Christie Brent_Long
Under the rule of a fundamentalist state TeamMeme
2 Cents ophelia137
Can anyone confirm this cultural goof? imdb-16141
Discuss Chasing Freedom (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: