Persons of Interest (2004)

Persons of Interest
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 16mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords immigration, political
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Amanda Serrano Producer n/a 3 3000003
Lawrence Konner Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Daniel Massey Producer n/a 3 3000002
Jackie Kelman Producer n/a 3 3000001
Tobias Perse Director n/a 2 2000002
Astra Taylor Assistant Producer n/a 403 3000005
Malinda Campbell Assistant Producer n/a 403 3000006
William Tsouris Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Sandrine Isambert Editor n/a 172 7000001
Richard Rutkowski Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Tricia Rosenthal Line Producer n/a 161 5000001
Alison MacLean Director n/a 2 2000001
Shokriea Yaghi Actor Himself 1 1000012
Mateen Butt Actor Himself 1 1000005
Nabil Ayesh Actor Himself 1 1000004
Khadrah Ali Actor Himself 1 1000003
Syed Ali Actor Himself 1 1000002
Miriam Hamzeh Actor Herself 1 1000006
Mohammed Irshaid Actor Himself 1 1000007
Syed Shah Actor Himself 1 1000011
Faiq Medraj Actor Himself 1 1000010
Amanda Serrano Actor Himself 1 1000009
Salem Jaffer Actor Himself 1 1000008
Muhamed Abushhaker Actor Himself 1 1000001
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 filmmakers record a series of encounters with a diverse range of detainees and family members and present them seemingly without much need for skill. But in fact, the subtle and creative direction of these individual and ultimately cumulative portraits belies the effortless appearance of the presentation and produces a simultaneous poignancy and disbelieving outrage. You may feel that you already know all about the issues and experiences communicated in Persons of Interest. Think again. The specific details of these disrupted lives speak volumes. Not since the massive internment of another ethnic group during World War II has the United States experienced such a massive assault on basic civil liberties.