Persons of Interest

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Persons of Interest is a powerful and thought-provoking documentary that explores the human costs of America's war on terror.

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For her follow-up to 1999's Jesus' Son, director Alison MacLean switched gears, teaming with first-time filmmaker Tobias Perse on Persons of Interest, this documentary on the detaining of Muslim-Americans by the U.S. government. In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, many Muslim and Arab-Americans were arrested -- often with no charges brought or legal representation provided -- as part of the United States' sweeping War on Terror. Through interviews with detainees and their families, MacLean and Perse attempt to shed light on the issue and detail the experiences of those imprisoned. Persons of Interest screened in competition at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Persons of Interest

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (2)

  • Reminds us once more that our freedoms are especially fragile in times of national peril.

    Oct 1, 2004 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Observer
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  • While it's true the full backgrounds of those interviewed aren't supplied here (nearly all are Muslim, with a majority being Palestinian), the pain, terror and frustration of their experiences sounds and feels authentic.

    Sep 21, 2004

    Robert Koehler

    Variety
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  • A resonant documentary.

    Sep 7, 2004 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • The callous inequity of what you see and hear will floor you. It can't happen here. But it did. It does.

    Sep 3, 2004 | Rating: 3/4
  • Powerful, anger-provoking documentary.

    Sep 3, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

    John Anderson

    Newsday
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  • Delves into one of the most chronically undercovered 9/11 stories -- the still-unknown number of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals detained without trial in the wake of the attacks.

    Sep 3, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4

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