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Prince William County, Virginia becomes ground zero in America's explosive battle over immigration policy when elected officials adopt a law requiring police officers to question anyone they have "probable cause" to suspect is an undocumented immigrant. 9500 Liberty reveals the startling vulnerability of a local government, targeted by national anti-immigration networks using the Internet to frighten and intimidate lawmakers and citizens.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"9500 Liberty is not just about the clash of immigrant Hispanics and white nativists, but about what happens when a community's civic machinery is hijacked by ideologues and extremists -- and what exactly it takes for the silent center to push back."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The movie is such a polemic in favor of open immigration and such an attempt to demonize (through strategic cutting) the anti-immigration forces that it plays more like a propaganda piece."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Notwithstanding that it's an anti-hate advocacy piece, this YouTube-spawned documentary gives plenty of voice to the depraved foot soldiers and their opportunistic enablers. It just so happens that they look like race-baiting rednecks ..."
‑ Chris Faraone, Boston Phoenix
"In other hands, in other times, it could have been a simple film that followed the democratic process... But Byler and Park saw their film growing organically in a new direction and went with it."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A compelling glimpse of a community and, by extension, a country, in the throes of change."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"Most of us are good people when we're sitting around the dinner table. What happens to us as soon as we step up to the public podium?"
‑ Desson Thomson, TheWrap
"This homespun documentary offers an insightful look into one of the earliest eruptions of local acrimony over the issue of illegal immigration."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The release of the new documentary 9500 Liberty couldn't be more timely."
‑ Charles Ealy, Austin American-Statesman
"Park and Byler began as objective documentarians who found this story being pressed upon them. They become advocates and are clear about that."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This engrossing documentary traces ugly repercussions in northern Virginia when a resolution is passed requiring cops to question anyone they have "probable cause" to suspect of being an illegal alien, a la Arizona's subsequent hot-button law."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"The movie allows all sides in the issues debated to state their cases, using their own words. If anyone is seen in a negative light, it's only because their words and actions condemn them."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"What this film has in urgency and timeliness makes it a unique witness to our times."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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