Bullfrog Films
55 minutes
Grades 10-12, College, Adult

Directed by David Belle and Nicholas Wrathall
Produced by Crowing Rooster Arts

VHS Purchase $250
US Release Date: 2000
Copyright Date: 2000
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-888-X

American Democracy
American Studies
Human Rights
Migration and Refugees
Social Justice
Social Psychology

Awards and Festivals
Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award
Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Philadelphia International Film Festival
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Vermont International Film Festival
Seoul Human Rights Film Festival
Honorable Mention, South Bronx Film and Video Festival
Stony Brook Film Festival
Crested Butte Reel Fest
Fordham Univ. School of Law, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights
Hope & Dreams Film Festival
Louisville Film Festival
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival
La Traición de America a los inmigrantes

Exposé of the horrifying results of the 1996 immigration law.

"A powerful argument for the urgent need to reform immigration laws." Human Rights Watch Film Festival

This film illustrates the most recent wave of anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States. Through a close look at the personal impact of new immigration laws, this film depicts the severity of current detention and deportation policies. Lives are changed forever, as legal residents find themselves being torn away from their American families and sent to countries they barely know. For political asylum seekers, dreams are put on hold, as they are kept for years in county jails that profit from their incarceration.

One hour and half-hour versions in English are available.

Web Page: http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/abans.html

"Through intimate, often passionate interviews, and shocking footage of detainees' treatment behind bars, filmmakers Belle and Wrathall build a powerful argument for the urgent need to reform immigration laws before more lives are ruined and more families torn apart."

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

"ABANDONED looks at a 1996 law that allows for the Immigration and Naturalization Service to imprison legal permanent residents and asylum applicants. 'They can't do that,' say the astounded victims of this unjust law -- and so will you."