Persons of Interest
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A chronicle that depicts the human cost of the U.S. Justice Department's campaign against Arab or Muslim immigrants during the post-9/11 frenzy to combat terrorism. While few question the need to undertake measures to protect national security, the sweeping detention, arbitrary arrests and confinement (often without any family communication or legal representation), and subsequent deportation and/or ongoing imprisonment make a mockery of fundamental American principles like the presumption of innocence. Using a bare room and mostly static camera, the filmmaker's record a series of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Reminds us once more that our freedoms are especially fragile in times of national peril."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"The callous inequity of what you see and hear will floor you. It can't happen here. But it did. It does."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Explores the terrible fallout in the lives of Arab and Muslim immigrants whose human rights were violated by the U.S. Justice Department's zealous anti-terrorism campaign."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A disturbing account of how fear can too easily foster injustice."
‑ , E! Online
"Timely, penetrating journalism at its finest"
‑ Les Wright,
"While it's true the full backgrounds of those interviewed aren't supplied here (nearly all are Muslim, with a majority being Palestinian), the pain, terror and frustration of their experiences sounds and feels authentic."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"Powerful, anger-provoking documentary."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Watching Persons of Interest makes a viewer realize how fragile the rights that make this country great can be."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Hollywood Bitchslap
"These terrible tales of honest lives interrupted and changed forever serve as a frightening indication of just how far astray fear has driven us as a nation."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A stultifying, dreary 63 minutes on film despite its subject matter, the testimony of its subjects, and even the intercutting of particularly rebarbative clips of Attorney General John Ashcroft."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"A resonant documentary."
‑ Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
"Delves into one of the most chronically undercovered 9/11 stories -- the still-unknown number of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals detained without trial in the wake of the attacks."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"In a spare room with white walls, a sinlgle window, and a plain bench, Alison Maclean and Tobias Perse interview twelve former detainees in America's War against Terror."
‑ Marcy Dermansky,
"Not a great movie, but a valuable and revealing document."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Does an important service by humanizing the costs paid by innocent people caught up in the crackdown."
‑ Michael Tunison, Boxoffice Magazine
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