Farouk Abdel-Muhti: Political Prisoner
Breaking through the silence of thousands of Muslim immigrants detained in the U.S. after 9/11, Farouk tells his own story from Passaic County Jail in New Jersey. Outside, his son and supporters fight to win his release.
This short, the first to give a Muslim post-9/11 detainee the chance to speak to the public, was produced as part of the grassroots campaign to win Farouk's freedom. The videos were widely distributed and used to organize events, and also sold to raise money for Farouk's commissary. As a result of public pressure and the success of his habeas corpus petition seen through by the Center for Constitutional Rights, Farouk was freed from detention on April 12, 2004.
This historical short, which played a pivotal role in a landmark post-9/11 detention case, is available for educational & institutional use through distributor Third Word Newsreel:
The full story of the fight for Farouk's freedom and what happened after his release is told in the feature documentary Enemy Alien.
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