Persons of Interest

Release September 3, 2004 (Limited)
Director Alison Maclean, Tobias Perse
Genres Documentary
Studio The Documentary Campaign
Length 63 mins.


After the September 11th terrorist attacks, more than 5,000 Arab or Muslim immigrants were taken into custody by the U.S. Justice Department and held indefinitely on the grounds of national security. Detainees were subject to arbitrary arrest, secret detention, solitary confinement, and deportation. Most were held on minor immigration charges and were frequently denied legal representation and communication with their families. The Justice Department has ensured the invisibility of these cases, by refusing to disclose the names and total number of people detained.

Persons of Interest consists of a series of intimate encounters with 12 detainees and family members in a bare room that functions variously as interrogation room, prison cell, and home. In these encounters, detainees share their stories, show photographs, read letters written in jail, re-enact their prison experience – even sing.

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