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  • Actors: Juliette Lewis, Layla Alizada, Bruce Gray, Michael David Simms, Yanna McIntosh
  • Directors: Don McBrearty
  • Writers: Barbara Samuels
  • Producers: John Morayniss, Jordy Randall, Judy Ranan, Noreen Halpern, Paul Ackerley
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: First Look Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009XT8VA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,113 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This taut and important film CHASING FREEDOM was apparently a made for television film in 2004. It is a shame it never made it into the theaters as it is a searing document about the problems of victims from foreign countries seeking asylum in the United States. The script by Barbara Samuels is a brave indictment against the Taliban's activities in Afghanistan as well as a penetrating examination of US bureaucratic bungling in dealing with those who get caught up in the quagmire of red tape in trying to find an escape hatch from their homeland cruelty. It is an honest look at a problem, unbiased, where none of the parties are blameless.

A member of a high profile New York law firm, Libby (Juliette Lewis) is told by her boss that despite her overtaxed workload as a securities lawyer she must by contract take on some pro bono work (as much to make her boss look good as to keep a law firm's reputation spotless). Libby begrudgingly takes on a pro bono case in the department closest to her office - the INS where kind and desperate Eric (Brian Markinson) pleads with her to represent a woman seeking asylum. Libby has a negative attitude toward the process, as much because she knows nothing about asylum cases in law as the fact that she is doing this under duress. Eric introduces her to her client Meena (Layla Alizada) who has fled Afghanistan to escape death because she dared to teach children in Kabul despite the Taliban's condemnation of schools. Gradually the harden Libby discovers the life story of Meena and softens to her cause, devoting herself to achieving the impossible - obtaining asylum for a woman who has no proof of identity and is 'detained' in a brusque INS center like a prisoner.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sonny L on November 12, 2005
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This was a very good movie. It was well acted and well scripted. Based on the true story of an Afghan refugee, it shows three different worlds. It touches on the upscale world of a self absorbed lawyer who is forced by her boss to do a pro bono case. It shows the brutal world of Afghanistan under the Taliban. It shows the stark lonely world of incarcerated un-papered (no identification, family, etc) refugees seeking asylum, and how hard that is to get. As our lady lawyer gets to know our refugee, the story of what happened and why she had to escape unfolds. Into the middle of the story falls September 11, and its repercussions on her case, and on asylum in general. The story is gripping from start to finish, and left me feeling I had seen a brief glimpse through a window into another world. One in our own country's immigrant prisons, and all the untold stories of human suffering to be found there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Mysterious Traveler on May 14, 2012
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CHASING FREEDOM (2003) with Juliette Lewis.

Set in the year 2001, Lewis plays a high flying corporate lawyer who is ordered by her boss for PR reasons to do some pro bono work and finds herself defending an Afghan woman who has fled Afghanistan and the Taliban for the crime of teaching women how to read. Intially indifferent, Lewis, as she learns the womans story and just what that country is like under the heel of the Muslim barbarians, becomes determined to save this woman. If she fails, the woman will be sent back to Afghanistan...and death.

And then the date is Sept 11, 2001.

A Canadian film that is simply excruciating wrenching viewing as it dramatizes what life is like for the people of Afghanistan under the Taliban. Though Lewis is the nominal star, the film's heroine is the Afghan woman played by Layla Alizada as much of the film is flashbacks to her life back in her country. Lewis's character is intended to be symbolic of the westerner who, so obsessed with their own lives, that they did not know or could not care about the suffering of millions who have fallen under the boot of the Muslem barbarians. And one must concede that, as a woman who slowly begins to realize that the world does not revolve around her, Lewis is quite good. One wonders if she will be blacklisted?

The film also makes an effective dramatic use of 9/11 to show how the Muslem Evil can not be ignored as it will reach out and strike even in Americas cities unless it is fought. A happier ending than the film OSAMA--which this film makes a good follow up to, the film ends before George Bush's liberation of that country and so viewers of a certain persuasion will not be made uncomfortable in, ironically, much the same way Lewis character is discomforted. So the film is safe in that respect.

Recommended. In Canadian and Pashtu.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M Noonan on December 25, 2011
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The Movie was great, needed to see the movie for a school project - seller got me the movie within days of ordering. Great Seller, would recommend
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