Documentary on Immigration Premieres in Oklahoma

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Sun, 02/27/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

With almost 30 immigration related bills set to hit our state legislators this year the documentary Panic Nation takes an intense look at how state sponsored immigration laws have taken a foot‐hold on America. The film was made by producer/director George Adams and had its premiere last month in his home state Oklahoma.
 Oklahoma House Representative Randy Terrill has nearly 20 bills he’s proposing for the current legislative session. He wrote HB-1804 and appears in the film along with Rep. Shane Jett As Terrill defends the need for such immigration laws like HB1804 the film documents both sides of this emotional issue. Ruben Navarrette Jr. a two‐time Harvard graduate syndicated columnist CNN contributor and an expert on this debate points out “We have a broken border we know that.  But we also have a broken dialogue.”
  Other Oklahomans who are prominently featured in the film include Latino Community Development Agency’s CEO Patricia Fennell Father Don Wolf and cotton farmer from Altus Tom Buchanan.  Also appearing in the film are former White House cabinet member Henry Cisneros multi‐award winning writer of Sesame Street Luis Santeiro and multi‐award winning actor Esai Morales along with other citizens experts and business owners.
  Adams who has screened the film to audiences in Washington Arizona New Mexico California Utah Kansas and Mexico says “This is a highly emotional issue and I hope I’ve gotten to the heart of the matter. We need to be honest with ourselves as a nation as to how we got here what we need and want as a country before we can achieve real solutions. If I can get people to react in a positive and productive way when addressing the immigration issue then the film will be successful.”
 This motion‐picture is produced by the multi‐award‐winning production team of Adams and Klaudia Kovacs whose film Torn from the Flag about the fall of Communism and the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was viewed by scores of people around the world.  Their film was screened at 17 festivals in five countries garnering eight different awards including a run at the 2009 Oscars.
 Panic Nation