Artists' Television Access

Persons of Interest: Amnesty International screening

Sunday, November 13, 2005, 8:00 pm

After the Sept.11 terrorist attacks, more than 5,000 people, mainly non-U.S. nationals of South Asian or Middle Eastern origin, were taken into custody by the U.S. Justice Department and held indefinitely on grounds of national security. Following an unconventional format, Persons of Interest presents a series of encounters between former detainees and directors Alison Maclean and Tobias Perse in an empty room which serves both visually and symbolically as an interrogation room, home, and prison cell. Through interviews, family photographs, and letters from prison, the directors have fashioned a compelling and poignant film, allowing those affected a chance to tell their own stories. Alison McLean & Tobias Perse 2003, 63 min

A Staff Member from NLSCA will be leading an interactive discussion with the audience after the screening.

The National Legal Sanctuary for Community Advancement (NLSCA) is the first
and  currently  the only organization in the United States solely dedicated to  providing accessible and affordable legal advocacy to protect the civil and  human  rights  of  Middle  Easterners, Muslims and South Asians facing systemic  discrimination. Through grassroots legal defense, policy advocacy and  public  education, the promotion of media accountability and community building,  we  bridge  the  gaps  between these diverse communities and our society at large to boldly advance social justice.