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  • A 16-year-old Muslim girl in Harlem is picked up by the FBI on suspicion of being a terrorist.

    A 16-year-old Muslim girl in Harlem is picked up by the FBI on suspicion of being a terrorist.

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  • Has the War on Terror compromised civil liberties?

    Has the War on Terror compromised civil liberties?

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  • Adama Bah

    Adama Bah

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  • Abdul Abdoul at the playground

    Abdul Abdoul at the playground

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  • Adama and her mother Aissatou at home

    Adama and her mother Aissatou at home

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  • Adama and her siblings

    Adama and her siblings

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  • Adama returns home after her asylum hearing is postponed

    Adama returns home after her asylum hearing is postponed

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  • Adama remembers her father

    Adama remembers her father

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The Film

On March 24th, 2005, Adama Bah, a 16-year-old Muslim girl, awoke at dawn to discover nearly a dozen armed government agents inside her family’s apartment in East Harlem. She was arrested and taken to a maximum-security juvenile detention center in Pennsylvania. An FBI document leaked to the press mysteriously identified Adama as a “potential” suicide bomber and an “imminent threat to the security of the United States.” After six weeks of public protest and media scrutiny, Adama was released with an ankle bracelet and a deportation order, but no terrorist charges. Still traumatized by the experience of her detention, Adama must drop out of high school and support her four younger siblings when her father is deported to Guinea, Africa. Using intimate verité footage, Adama captures the extreme pressures bearing down on this young Muslim girl and her desperate efforts to keep her family from unraveling.

The Filmmakers

  1. David Felix SutcliffeProducer/Director
  2. Su KimProducer