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The Least of These
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - Jesse Lyda, Clark Lyda


THE LEAST OF THESE takes a penetrating look at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, a former medium-security prison that re-opened in 2006 as a prototype family detention center.

The facility houses immigrant children and their parents from all over the world who are awaiting asylum hearings or deportation proceedings. As information about troubling conditions at the facility began to leak out, activist attorneys sought to investigate and address the issues. In telling the story of their quest, the film explores the role (and limits) of community and legal activism in bringing about change. The film leads viewers to consider how core American rights and values - protection of children, presumption of innocence, upholding the family structure as the basic unit of civil society, and America as a refuge of last resort - should apply to immigrants, particularly children.

 

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GENRES - documentary, politics

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Film Info

RUNTIME - 62 minutes

YEAR - 2009

FORMAT - DVD Region All

COUNTRY - United States

LANGUAGE - English, Spanish

SUBTITLES - English

SPECIAL FEATURES (DVD Only) -

All New Epilogue: "The End of Family Detention at Hutto" updates viewers after President Obama's announcement that the government will stop sending families to Hutto. Short Film: Breakthrough's "Restore Fairness" , Deleted Scenes: The Role of Private Prison Companies in Immigration Detention, The Yourdkhanis in Canada, April 2007 Protest at T. Don Hutto, December 2007 Protest at T. Don Hutto, Excerpts from SXSW Panel Discussion: Connecting to Audiences that Care, Festival Q&A Excerpts, Center for American Progress - Filmmaker Interview, Trailer

Director

Clark Lyda

Director

Jesse Lyda

Producer

Marcy Garriott

Producer

Jesse Lyda

Producer

Clark Lyda

Director of Photography

John Fiege

Editor

Amy Foote

Press

Powerful and moving a film about a fight for social justice that forced change

- Mark Steiner, WEAA, Baltimore

A stirring peek inside one of the most divisive issues facing the country

- Peter Martin, Cinematical

The film asks to what extent Uncle Sam will punish kids for the sins of their parents, even if that sin is wanting to be an American.

 

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