9500 Liberty (2010)
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9500 Liberty is not just about the clash of immigrant Hispanics and white nativists, but about what happens when a community's civic machinery is hijacked by ideologues and extremists -- and what exactly it takes for the silent center to push back.
A compelling glimpse of a community and, by extension, a country, in the throes of change.
Park and Byler began as objective documentarians who found this story being pressed upon them. They become advocates and are clear about that.
The movie is such a polemic in favor of open immigration and such an attempt to demonize (through strategic cutting) the anti-immigration forces that it plays more like a propaganda piece.
Most of us are good people when we're sitting around the dinner table. What happens to us as soon as we step up to the public podium?
This engrossing documentary traces ugly repercussions in northern Virginia when a resolution is passed requiring cops to question anyone they have "probable cause" to suspect of being an illegal alien, a la Arizona's subsequent hot-button law.
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