Screenings

Third Symposium on Asians in the Americas
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ

The Community Church of New York
28 E. 35th Street
New York, NY 10016

June 14, 2013

The Jerusalem Fund
2425 Virginia Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20037

March 23, 2013

San Jose Peace and Justice Center
(between Santa Clara and San Fernando)
48 South 7th Street
San Jose, CA

2012 has been a breakthrough year for Enemy Alien as well as for Life or Liberty's next project, the Tule Lake Documentary.

Detainee Mohamed Mahjoub Speaks at Toronto ENEMY ALIEN screening


Whose Borders? poster
Report from No One Is Illegal - Toronto on their public screening of Enemy Alien March 16:

People thought the film was very impactful, and they saw direct parallels to the Canadian context. Following the Enemy Alien screening, Mohamed Mahjoub (facebook.com/SupportMahjoub), living under a security certificate since 2000, spoke to the gathering about his case and said the film really spoke to his own personal experience.

A security certificate is an extraordinarily draconian measure in Canadian immigration law that enables non-citizens to be held, without charge, almost indefinitely, under vague allegations of being a "terrorist threat" and on the basis of secret evidence that is never shown to the detainee. Mahjoub, an Egyptian refugee and father of two, was detained pursuant to a "security certificate" in 2000, first in Toronto, then at the max-security Kingston Immigration Holding Centre. He was then placed under house arrest in 2007 and was only recently released from house arrest as he pursues his legal case.

This screening of Enemy Alien was the first of NOII's new film series "Whose Borders?" which was started to showcase films that speak to the violence of borders, and to highlight the ways in which communities struggle against those borders in defense of their lands/rights. Our goal is to always start with one film about indigenous struggles; this screening began with a short film about KI First Nation: http://www.facebook.com/TorontoKISupport and a speaker from the KI Support Committee.

Through this film series, which we hope to hold every 1-2 months, NOII wanted to showcase films of vital but seldom-told stories as a way to outreach beyond the Toronto left/activist scene. Toronto is host to a number of film festivals and we wanted to reach out to more mainstream audiences that frequent such events. Enemy Alien was an auspicious film to kick off the series in that it was a high-quality, well-produced and well-told story, that helped give our film series credibility.