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Screening: Life or Liberty

July 5, 2011
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Ave & 2nd Street

New Filmmakers at Anthology Film Archives is presenting a sneak preview of Enemy Alien.

Preceding the feature presentation that day will be a shorts program curated by Third World Newsreel, including two Life or Liberty short documentaries:

6:30 p.m.
ENEMY ALIEN trailer (2 min)

LIFE OR LIBERTY by Konrad Aderer, 8 minutes

Shokriea Yaghi copes with the senseless incarceration of her husband in 9/11's aftermath. A Japanese American woman who lived through the WWII camps shares her bitterness and her fears for the future, as immigration law expert Cyrus Mehta and former federal prosecutor Michael Wildes debate the larger context of anti-terror policies.

RISING UP: THE ALAMS by Konrad Aderer, 11 minutes

See how a Bangladeshi-American family targeted by Special Registration fights back. As part of the Homeland security measures, immigrant men from 25, mostly Muslim countries were required to enroll in a Special Registration program. The result: no evidence of terror, but some 13,000 people are now being deported mostly for expired visas. The Alams were among the many families who believed that voluntarily participating in the Special Registration would show their loyalty. Instead, they face the prospect of breaking up their family, despite a decade of hard work and the raising of two children. Working with DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving), the Queens South Asian activist group, the Alams have become activists, organizing to fight for their right to stay. Part of the Call for Change series.