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  • Actors: Barbara Hines, Vanita Gupta, Michelle Brané
  • Directors: Clark Lyda, Jesse Lyda
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: IndiePix
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002JFMXQ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,755 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Least of These takes a penetrating look at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, a former medium-security prison that re-opened in 2006 as a prototype family detention center. The facility houses immigrant children and their parents from all over the world who are awaiting asylum hearings or deportation proceedings. As information about troubling conditions at the facility began to leak out, activist attorneys sought to investigate and address the issues. In telling the story of their quest, the film explores the role (and limits) of community and legal activism in bringing about change. The film leads viewers to consider how core American rights and values - protection of children,presumption of innocence, upholding the family structure as the basic unit of civil society, and America as a refuge of last resort - should apply to immigrants, particularly children.

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...This quiet and measured documentary about the history of Hutto doesn t paint ICE or management firm Corrections Corporation of America as the bad guys. Instead, it shows them as victims of their own political and commercial hubris and highlights the bleak comedy of their attempts to justify a bad idea. But as the interviews with traumatized kids, parents disabused of the American dream, and the lawyers that fight for them show, it doesn t matter how many Disney murals you paint on the walls a prison is a prison. --Richard Whitaker, The Austin Chronicle

...The Least of These is a documentary about the Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Texas, where immigrant families are detained while they seek asylum or await judgment on immigration cases. The families stories are often sad, but I like the way the movie shows how persistent activism actions can lead to positive change... ..A compelling film that I d really recommend watching. --Jette Kernion, Cinematical

Powerful and moving... a film about a fight for social justice that forced change... I watched the film with my 11-year old. She wouldn t go to bed. She was stuck on this movie because she was watching people her age being imprisoned with their families. And she was stunned by what she saw... --Mark Steiner, The Mark Steiner Show, WEAA, Baltimore

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Walker on April 16, 2010
Format: DVD
This film is a powerful testament to the reason that we must have policies that are pro-active rather than reactive. It elucidates how our country's reactionary response to security concerns resulted in grave human rights violations for families who were already fleeing persecution when they arrived at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center. The argument that jailing refugees, rape victims and babies was necessary for our national security simply dissolves under the light of the cameras here. In the end, many of the detainees win their hard-fought claims for asylum, and they and the advocates portrayed in the film provide a victorious ending to a very upsetting story. Every American who values civil liberties and respect for human rights should see this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Uhlin on April 17, 2010
Format: DVD
With Arizona passing tough immigration laws and Obama promising to tackle immigration reform, this touching documentary is more relevant than ever, and it nicely shows the human stories behind the policy decisions of federal and state governments. The Least of These certainly doesn't preach to the choir on immigration. It gives a fair and decidedly nonpartisan take on the human impact of family detention centers like the T. Don Hutto facility, and leaves the viewer to decide the best course of action. If there is anything the film advocates for, it is transparency, public awareness, and the merits of local activism. I would recommend it highly.
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This film is very well done and is highly engaging on the important issue of immigration detention. Whatever the viewer's position on immigration or detention more generally, it is hard not to be moved by the revelations regarding detention of toddlers and asylum seekers fleeing horrible violence in their home countries. Immigration detention is a major policy issue and a huge investment for our government. Yet, the public does not always have access to information regarding the more than 300,000 immigrants who are detained each year. This film goes a long way in correcting that information deficit by providing an overview of the important issues in a balanced yet compelling way. While it focuses on detention of entire families, the film forces reflection on other immigration detention contexts as well. You will definitely be glad you watched this documentary!
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