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Published on Feb 14, 2014
The State of Arizona captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona's headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration. From ground zero of the nation's immigration debate, the film follows Arizona's controversial "show me your papers" law through the stories of Arizonans on all sides of this divisive issue -- from those who wrote it, to those who supported it, to those who dreaded its wrath. Frustrated with federal inaction and rising border tensions, Arizona lawmakers ignite a national maelstrom by instituting SB 1070. The tough law is designed to make life so harsh for unauthorized immigrants that they will "self-deport." Supporters call SB 1070 a common sense law enforcement tool; opponents see it as a dangerous infringement of civil rights that would inevitably lead to harassment and racial profiling. The State of Arizona, follows the battle over the law as it spills out to the streets, into the ballot box, and goes all the way to the Supreme Court. By the makers of the award-winning Farmingville, The State of Arizona, captures the latest chapter in the American experience in which Arizona's clash over immigration galvanizes Latinos across the country to change the nation's political landscape