“The Least of These”
A Documentary on Family Detention, American Values, and the Power of Community Activism
Monday April 20 6:30 PM
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NW (entrance on E Street between 10th and 11th Street)
There will be a Q&A with the directors and Michelle Brané of the Women’s Refugee Commission after the screening.
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, three activist attorneys (Vanita Gupta of the ACLU, Michelle Brané of the Women’s Refugee Commission, and Barbara Hines of the University of Texas School of Law) sought to investigate and address the issues. In telling the story of their quest, the film explores the role and limits of legal and community activism in bringing about change.
The film leads viewers to consider how core American rights and values – presumption of innocence, the protection of children, 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.
For more information about the film: www.theleastofthese-film.com
For more information about the festival: www.filmfestdc.org
For ticket information: www.filmfestdc.org/tickets.cfm