You must be logged in to read full text of reviews.
> Logged-in users can make lists, save searches, e-mail, and more!
> Click My Profile to create a username & password
> Try a free trial or subscribe today
May 15, 2013 BOOKLIST
Palestinian-born activist Farouk Abdel-Muhti was taken in a post-9/11 sweep of Muslim immigrants and detained until 2004. As the grandson of Japanese American citizens who were interned during WWII, filmmaker Konrad Aderer brings a unique perspective to this story of the fight by Abdel-Muhti’s son and others to free the human-rights activist. The charismatic Abdel-Muhti continued his activism in prison, leading fellow inmates on a hunger strike and using every opportunity to speak out against mistreatment of the detainees. Intercutting prison and other footage are family photos and reminiscences from Aderer family members. This film, which allows us to see parallels between the treatment of Muslims following 9/11 and Japanese Americans in WWII, is a strong reminder of the fragility of human rights and an excellent discussion prompter.
Sets the current human-rights question in historical perspective.