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Invisible Nation: Policing the Underground


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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: White Pine Pictures
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 56 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 1997
Available in French: No

A riveting, often frightening journey into the cat and mouse world of immigration police and illegal immigrants. Shot over a six month period in Toronto, Canada, the film documents the moral, emotional and legal collision between illegal and investigator. Between hunter and hunted. INVISIBLE NATION examines immigration enforcement. Startling and poignant, it's a documentary that challenges easy opinions and comforting stereotypes; that makes human the face of a nation. - - - "A tough and uncompromising look at immigration enforcement. Tracey's camera becomes almost a participant in these dramas, as it glides down apartment corridors, scrutinizes a scowling hoodlum and peers curiously through a grille at the handcuffed suspect riding in the back seat. Weaving these elements together is the near-poetic narration that rhapsodizes about previous generations of immigrants as hoisting a nation on their backs." - Henry Mietkiewicz, Toronto Star