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Chasing Freedom (2004)

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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.

Director:

Don McBrearty

Writer:

Barbara Samuels
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliette Lewis ... Libby
Layla Alizada ... Meena
Bruce Gray ... Philip Laughton
Michael David Simms Michael David Simms ... Judge
Yanna McIntosh Yanna McIntosh ... Ruth
Veena Sood ... Adeena
Brian Markinson ... Eric Hoffman
Ali Jhon Ali Jhon ... Amir
Aziza Sindhu ... Deyana
Wajma Soroor Wajma Soroor ... Nazira
Gail Hanrahan Gail Hanrahan ... Shelley
Daniel Libman ... Kevin
Andrew Misle ... David
Stacey Zurburg Stacey Zurburg ... Penny
Rochelle Maitripala Rochelle Maitripala ... Adjufa
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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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History Is Written By The Brave.

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Rated R for a scene of violence | See all certifications »
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Heartfelt, well acted, and fairly balanced
19 January 2004 | by jmatrixrenegadeSee all my reviews

This was a fictionalized, but based on true events, account of a hard edged young corporate lawyer (Juliette Lewis, very good in an atypical role) taking the responsibility to defend an asylum seeker from Afghanistan. Movies like this at times too often focus on the star, but there are enough scenes about the asylum seeker's life back in Afghanistan and struggles in detention that it was overall a balanced account. The newcomer playing the asylum seeker was not very expressive at times, but was very good too.

A touching, heartfelt movie that has a predictable message, but is well put together and not just your average movie of the week sort of movie. We even have some sympathy for the government, in theory one of the heavies of the movie, suggesting the balance provided. The Taliban doesn't come off well though ... no shock there! For instance, a major plot point is the need for proof of identity, which on its face doesn't really seem to be that unjust for the government to be concerned about. Court TV did a good job with this one.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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1.78 : 1 / (widescreen)
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