- Genre: Special Interest-Documentary
- Release Date: 6/3/2013
Evocative captivating and utterly unforgettable the critically acclaimed Sundance Film Festival hit WELL-FOUNDED FEAR candidly explores the proceedings behind the American political asylum system. Who is deemed worthy of political asylum in the United States? Who decides? And why? An unprecedented inside look at the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) award-winning filmmakers Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini take their cameras behind locked doors where bureaucrats decide the fates of thousands of asylum-seekers each year. To be granted asylum applicants must demonstrate a "well-founded fear" that their lives would be endangered were they to be deported. The asylum-seekers are at once hopeful and heartbreaking at times too slick and polished and in other cases painfully timid. All have the same desire-freedom to stay in America. As asylum officers struggle to determine credibility balancing sympathy with good sense and tough-mindedness their hard-made decisions ultimately hold a mirror to the broader quickly changing and controversial role of the United States in the world at large. Superbly crafted and heartrendingly sensitive WELL-FOUNDED FEAR is "groundbreaking... if it's real life-and-death drama you're looking for with entire futures hinging on a few words this is the place to go." (The Los Angeles Times) DVD Features: Outtake "The Hazards of Translation"; Outtake "The Preparation"; Tales from Real Life: Marija's Story; Interview with the Filmmakers; Filmmaker Biographies.