Persons of Interest
Persons of Interest (2004)

For her follow-up to 1999's Jesus' Son, director Alison MacLean switched gears, teaming with first-time filmmaker Tobias Perse on Persons of Interest, this documentary on the detaining of Muslim-Americans by the U.S. government. In… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 3, 2004
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Reminds us once more that our freedoms are especially fragile in times of national peril.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The callous inequity of what you see and hear will floor you. It can't happen here. But it did. It does.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

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Robert Koehler

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.

John Anderson

Powerful, anger-provoking documentary.

Dan Lybarger
Hollywood Bitchslap

Watching Persons of Interest makes a viewer realize how fragile the rights that make this country great can be.

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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly

A resonant documentary.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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.

Marcy Dermansky

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.

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