Political asylum in the United States - who deserves it? who gets it? who decides? Enter the closed corridors of the INS (U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service) for an extraordinary close-up look at what has been called "the Ellis Island of the 21st Century".
This is the original uncut Sundance festival version of the influential and classic documentary.
What the Critics say about Well-Founded Fear:
"Groundbreaking, as well as devastating.... If it's life-and-death drama you're looking for, with entire futures hinging on a few words, this is the place to go."
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"One of the most talked-about and attended films at the Sundance Film Festival ... we're taken behind the bulletproof glass, through the locked doors, under the flourescent glare, down the forbidding hallways, and into the offices of the INS agents themselves."
Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter
"Government was never so personal ... And you get to see exactly how they do it. The result is riveting drama."
Frank Davies, The Miami Herald
"Sometimes the most engrossing television is also the hardest to watch ... the viewer who sticks with it ends up rewarded but deeply rattled, on several levels."
Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times
"A hit at this year's Sundance Festival ... deftly sidesteps tedious conventions ... If you're expecting an earnest, dull treatise on immigration law, don't get too comfortable ... This is a place where people are cut open, not with scalpels, but with questions. ."
Sarah Goodyear, Time Out New York