Discussion Guide

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Well-Founded Fear is an evocative documentary about what goes on behind the electronic doors of the asylum office at the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). On this dramatic, real-life stage, American ideals about human rights collide with the nearly impossible task of trying to learn the truth from asylum-seekers. Well-Founded Fear challenges us as viewers to think about whether government institutions reflect our political beliefs, including our level of commitment to protecting individuals from persecution. Getting to know the people behind the institutions also challenges us to evaluate how our beliefs, biases and experiences influence our ability to judge the credibility of others.

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