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Season 12, Episode 10 Well-Founded Fear

First Aired: June 5, 2000

“Well-Founded Fear,” a poignant, balanced report about the process of seeking political asylum in the U.S. Filmed in INS offices in New York and New Jersey, the report consists mostly of actual INS interviews with asylum seekers. Granting asylum is anything but routine, and questioning can be tough (“What do you mean by tortured,” one man is asked). And lurking behind every interview are what one officer delicately calls “credibility issues.”

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  • Premiered: July 5, 1988
  • Rating: None
  • Premise: This acclaimed, long-running documentary series is a showcase for independent films on a wide variety of subjects, from the heartwarming (`Sweet Old Song,' about a 91-year-old musician) to the whimsical (`The Sweetest Sound,' a study of names) to the contr… (more)

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