Whose Children Are These? will be offered to PBS affiliate stations to record via PBS's National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) at the end of August 2007. Stations will then decide whether or not to air the program.
PBS stations are flooded with requests to show multiple programs. Any attention that can be brought to programs, such as emails, help station programmers to figure out which ones to give priority to.
You can help immensely by sending emails to the programmers of your favorite PBS stations requesting Whose Children Are These?. Encourage them to air it and let them know why you feel it is important to show this film. Share this with your friends or colleagues, and let them know that they can help too. The more people who write in, the better!
Please check out the "Outreach/Advocacy" section of this site for more details!
Since it's release in 2004, Whose Children Are These? has touched audiences of all backgrounds, ages, and ethnicities. The film's three teenagers - Navila, Mohammad, and Hager - have left an indelible impression on us. They are articulate, thoughtful, and powerful messengers of a truth - that our immigration system is broken and is leaving behind a trail of deferred dreams, missed opportunities, and shameful legacies.
Since September 11th, immigration policies - such as "special registration,"- have taken a harsh toll on South Asian, Muslim and Arab American families. These policies have led to broken families, increased detentions and deportations, and children being separated from fathers, brothers, and uncles.
South Asian American Leaders of Tomorrow (SAALT) is one of many organizations that use the film regularly for outreach and advocacy work. Through the film, we are able to show audiences the impact of immigration policies - and empower them to take action by getting involved in the current immigration debate and demanding fair and humane immigration policies.
We believe Whose Children Are These? is a film that must be shown to wider audiences in America so that it can inform critical conversations about the treatment of immigrants in this country as well as provide a perspective rarely seen in mainstream American media.
--Deepa Iyer, Executive Director,
South Asian American Leaders of Tomorrow (SAALT)