Part of a twelve part series, "Shocking and Awful - A Grassroots Response to War and Occupation", from Deep Dish TV on the war in Iraq. In the wake of 911 the U.S. government launched a 21st century pogrom against Arabs and Muslims in the U.S, inflaming racial and religious hatreds and fears. Violence against immigrants, especially Arabs, imprisonment without trial, especially for Muslims became shockingly common occurrences in the United States. Jason da Silva's film tracks the heavy hand of the state as it disrupted the lives of so many ordinary people in launching of the Bush administration's "War on Terror." Comparisons are made to the Chinese Exclusion Act of the late 19th century and the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
For 22 years Deep Dish has been a laboratory for new, democratic and empowering ways to make and distribute video. It has been a hub for linking thousands of artists, independent videomakers, programmers, and social activists. The network has produced and distributed over 300 hours of television series that challenge the supprssion of awareness, the curruption of language, and the perversion of logic that characterizes so much of commercial media. With humor, passion, creative flair and very low budgets, Deep Dish TV artists and producers have developed provocative video series exploring issues that profoundly impact our lives.