The Least of These

The Least of These

By Jesse Lyda, Clark Lyda


The Least Of These takes a penetrating look at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, a former medium-security prison that re-opened in 2006 as a prototype family detention center.

The facility houses immigrant children and their parents from all over the world who are awaiting asylum hearings or deportation proceedings. As information about troubling conditions at the facility began to leak out, activist attorneys sought to investigate and address the issues. In telling the story of their quest, the film explores the role (and limits) of community and legal activism in bringing about change. The film leads viewers to consider how core American rights and values - protection of children, presumption of innocence, upholding the family structure as the basic unit of civil society, and America as a refuge of last resort - should apply to immigrants, particularly children.

United States 62 minutes 2009 English, Spanish
  • Center for American Progress - Reel Progress Film Series 2009 (Washington DC)
  • Cine Las Americas Film Festival 2009 (Austin, United States)
  • Maryland Film Festival 2009 (Baltimore, United States)
  • New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival 2009 (New Orleans, United States)
  • New York Latino International Film Festival 2009 (New York, United States)
  • SXSW Film Festival 2009 (Austin, United States)
  • Washington DC International Film Festival 2009 (Washington DC)

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