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Watch: The Facility

Seth Freed Wessler's short doc takes you inside a private ICE jail during COVID-19 unrest

Of all the federal law enforcement agencies, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is probably the most viscerally frightening. Where the FBI strives for a more professional veneer, ICE seemed to revel in its reputation as Trump's pit bull. And since Trump lost his election, the immigration cops haven't been any less dystopian. A database compiled by the ACLU includes reports of dangerous conditions in ICE facilities, the use of cellphone GPS data to locate and arrest immigrants, and allegations that a government-contracted doctor at the privately operated Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, Georgia "performed sterilizing procedures on women ... without their knowledge or consent."

Irwin County Detention Center is also the setting for a new documentary by Seth Freed Wessler, The Facility:

Detained inside an infamous American detention center as the pandemic spreads, a group of immigrants organize in protest to demand protection and their release. Separated from their families, and fearing for their lives, they take bold action. But officials who run the detention center are intent on keeping these men and women silent, and keeping them locked up.

Filmed using the cameras attached to tablets installed inside the detention center cell-blocks, the film is a unique, real-time chronicle of a life in an immigration detention facility, and of a struggle for freedom and accountability.

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SOURCE: Type Investigations