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Sentenced Home
Date Thursday September 08
Time 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street
uptown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway
Event Type Screening
EmailHumanistHall [at]
Sentenced Home
Co-directed by Nicole Newnham
~~ appearing in person

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11, HandsOn Bay Area is sponsoring a provocative film series around the Bay Area through September about what it means to be an American in our post 9/11 world. These powerful documentary films all deal with the issues of racism, immigration, and multi-culturalism. Each film starts with a commemoration of 9/11 and ends with a spirited discussion of the issues we face as we grapple with what “American” really means. Meet the Director of "Sentenced Home," Nicole Newnham, and join in a discussion of immigration issues in America and what being “American” means. Her film is a thought-provoking look at the changes our immigration policies are making in our communities and to our spirit. Popcorn and beverages will be provided.

Putting a human face on controversial immigration policy, this powerful documentary, "Sentenced Home," follows three young Cambodian Americans through the deportation process. Raised in inner city Seattle, they pay an unbearable price for mistakes they made as teenagers. Caught between their tragic pasts and an uncertain future, each young man confronts a legal system that offers no second chances. In the 1980′s, a large number of Cambodian families fleeing the violence of the Khymer Rouge came to the U.S. to start new lives, but not all the young people who found themselves in a new and unfamiliar culture had an easy time of it. Some Cambodian youths settling in America joined street gangs, and Kim Ho Ma, Loeun Lun, and Many Uch were three such young men. As teenagers, they were found guilty of serious crimes, and since Cambodia was unwilling to accept deportees, they served sentences in American prisons. Though Kim Ho Ma accumulated a long record of petty offenses after he was released from prison, both Loeun Lun and Many Uch successfully rehabilitated themselves, with Lun married with children and holding down a steady job while Uch works with minority youth to help provide alternatives to gang life. However, under a new agreement between Cambodia and the U.S., all three men face deportation to Cambodia, in effect punishing them for crimes for which they’ve already served time. The U.S. immigration laws do not allow review or redress, and are not enforced on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, when the U.S. government started deporting Cambodians convicted of a crime, they included those who had already served their sentences.

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