East Of Town is a feature documentary about an isolated rural town in Southwest Georgia, where an immigration attorney, a retired teacher and a young mother fight for justice in the shadow of one of the largest immigration detention centers in the United States.
For decades, immigrant detention in the South has relied on shadow prisons in isolated areas, where thousands of people are detained with little oversight from the federal government and mostly unnoticed by the public. East Of Town sheds light on a struggling rural county which made a pact with the devil to survive and hosts one of the largest immigration centers in the nation. The film portraits the only private immigration attorney in town on his crusade to free his clients from the notorious and isolated detention center, a young mother, who is in a critical and highly vulnerable time in her life awaiting her detained husband’s trial and a retired teacher, who overcomes societal norms trying to win over new allies in her attempt to change the system. Through an empathetic approach, the film gradually uncovers the for-profit deportation machinery that has reached an unprecedented scale in recent decades and the massive infrastructure for immigrant removal.
Kathrin Seward is a Berlin-based filmmaker and production manager. Since 2012, she has worked on various German and international documentaries, web- and TV series commissioned by ARD, ZDF, funk, Arte, SRF, 3Sat, Kabel eins, AlJazeera, YouTube Originals, among others.
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