(119 minutes) USA
Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini
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documentary looks at the process of granting political asylum to
the United States. Who deserves it? Who gets it? Who decides? Entering
the closed corridors of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization
Service (INS) the filmmakers uncover a world where American ideals
about human rights collide with the nearly impossible task of trying
to know the truth. Filmmakers Robertson and Camerini interview the
asylum officers, lawyers, translators, economic migrants, and refugees
looking for protection all focused on the confidential interviews
that are at the heart of the asylum process and for some, a matter
of life or death.
Michael Camerini has directed, shot and produced films dealing with topics such as womens rights in India (Dadis Family, 1981 and Kamala and Raji, 1990), the life and art of the Mexican painter Diego Rivera (The Frescoes of Diego Rivera, 1987), and the struggle to balance religious and cultural identity with mainstream values (The United States in Born Again, 1988 and The Buddha in LA, 1993). Mr. Camerini was senior producer of the series Local Heroes, Global Change, 1990. Since 1993, he and Shari Robertson have completed These Girls are Missing, Tashilham and Well-Founded Fear through their independent production company The Epidovros Project.
in anthropology and ethnographic film, Shari Robertson worked with
Camerini on These Girls Are Missing in 1996 about the culture,
gender roles and education of girls in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Tashilham,
on the work of New York artist Irving Kriesbergs 32-part dyptych
before her work on Well-Founded Fear. Ms. Robertsons
other films include Temple Uder Siege (1988), Inside the
Khmer Rouge (1990) and We Aint Winnin (1992)
about domestic politics and the American drug war in Peru.