P.O.V. presents "Well-Founded Fear" documentary on PBS, airing the week of Monday, June 5th, 2000 at 9 pm ET (check local listings) and the companion website at www.pbs.org/pov
Imagine that your life has fallen apart—maybe you’ve been tortured or raped, or maybe you’ve gotten out just in time. You’ll have the chance to start a new life in the U.S., and an hour to tell your story to a neutral bureaucrat. Now imagine yourself on the other side of the desk, listening to people seeking refuge from any one of a hundred countries. The law says you can offer asylum if you find that someone has a “well-founded fear of persecution.” Three times a day your job is to decide their fates. Political asylum—who deserves it? Who gets it? With unprecedented access, filmmakers Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson enter the closed corridors of the INS to reveal the dramatic real-life stage where human rights and American ideals collide with the nearly impossible task of trying to know the truth.
“Groundbreaking, as well as devastating…If it’s life-and-death drama you’re looking for, with entire futures hinging on a few words, this is the place to go.”
--Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
K-12 Educators have the right to videotape and playback the program for educational purposes only, for up to 30 days from the date of broadcast.
Link to the P.O.V. web site, www.pbs.org/pov, for online activities, including online discussions with viewers nationwide and a question and answer forum with the filmmakers beginning June 5th at 11pm ET
Go to P.O.V. Interactive to download lesson plans, a multi-media resource list and a facilitator’s guide at www.pbs.org/pov
"Well-Founded Fear" takes you into the closed corridors of the INS political asylum office to reveal the dramatic real-life stage where human rights and American ideals collide with the nearly impossible task of trying to know the truth. We invite you to tune-in to the national television premiere on P.O.V.; to share your points of view on the broadcast and the issues by participating in dialogue with viewers nationwide; to check out the web-only weekly mini-serial of real-life stories from applicants and officers not in the broadcast (web-casting now); to "play" an interactive game that allows you to be an Asylum Officer reviewing the cases of real asylum pplicants; and to peruse additional information, essays and resources about political asylum and the making of the film! Please join us at www.pbs.org/pov!
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