Welcome To America

Welcome to America is a collaboration with Jenny Polak.  The video explores brutality against immigrants in US detention after Sept 11, 2001. Made before the 2004 revelations about torture, brutality, murder, human rights violations and war crimes committed by US agents at Abu-Ghraib prison, the work uses images released by the Department of Justice showing some of the violent handling of immigrants in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. A child repeats some of the racist, xenophobic and threatening epithets that were shouted at the detainees as their faces were shoved into a shirt with an American flag on it. In the background is a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by school children.