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The turbulent battle over illegal immigration in Arizona that came to a head with Senate Bill 1070 frames this riveting documentary tracking multiple perspectives as America eyes the results... See more »

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Carlos Sandoval
Catherine Tambini

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Carlos Sandoval ... producer
Catherine Tambini ... producer
Michael Jordi Valdés ... associate producer

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Kevin Kiner ... (music by)

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Catherine Tambini

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Mona Davis
Mary Molina

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Stewart Griffin ... colorist
Sandy Patch ... on-line editor
Franco Simbana ... assistant editor

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Lauren Asmus ... production assistant
José Muñoz ... production assistant
Chris Salata ... production assistant
Brian David Thomas ... production assistant

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Martin Czembor ... re-recording mixer
Marlena Grzaslewicz ... dialogue editor
Matt Rigby ... additional sound editor
Ira Spiegel ... sound effects editor

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Raul Rios-Diaz ... additional camera

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In 2010, the Arizona Senate passed controversial immigration law SB1070, also known as the "papers please" law, igniting a national maelstrom. Supporters call it a common sense law-enforcement tool; opponents feel it will inevitably lead to racial profiling. Neighborhoods empty, businesses shutter, and immigrants flee the state. Those who choose to stay organize boycotts, mass demonstrations, daring acts of civil disobedience, and prepare families for the possibility of separation by sudden deportation. Mixing in interviews with footage of heated protest rallies and television coverage, the film tells the stories of Arizonans on all sides of this divisive issue - activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, ranchers, controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the newly empowered Tea Party movement, for whom illegal immigration is a flashpoint subject - depicting a state and its people testing the edges of our democratic values. Arizona's enforcement-led policy, which grew out of its unique position as a frontline border state, is reshaping the national conversation around immigration reform. With dozens of states considering a similar approach, The State of Arizona holds up a mirror, asking Americans who they are, and who they want to be. Written by Producers

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  • The State of Arizona (United States)
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  • 90 min
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Trivia Emmy Nomination, 2015 - Outstanding Investigative Journalism. See more »

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