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'Adama' to air on AETN Plus Nov. 6

Posted 27 Oct 2011

‘Adama,’ the story of a young Muslim girl being held as a potential suicide bomber, will air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network’s (AETN) third digital channel, AETN Plus, Sunday, Nov. 6, at 1 and 8 p.m.

On March 24, 2005, Adama Bah, a 16-year-old Muslim girl, awoke at dawn to discover nearly a dozen armed government agents inside her family’s apartment in East Harlem. She was arrested and taken to a maximum-security juvenile detention center in Pennsylvania. An FBI document leaked to the press mysteriously identified Adama as a “potential” suicide bomber and an “imminent threat to the security of the United States.”

After six weeks of public protest and media scrutiny, Adama was released with an ankle bracelet and a deportation order but no terrorist charges. Still traumatized by the experience of her detention, Adama had to drop out of high school and support her four younger siblings when her father was deported to Guinea, Africa.

Using intimate verité footage, ‘Adama’ captures the extreme pressures bearing down on this young Muslim girl and her desperate efforts to keep her family from unraveling.

The film is directed by David Felix Sutcliffe, an emerging filmmaker, multimedia artist and youth media educator. He has been honored with a National Scholastic Art and Writing award for his work as a media educator with the Harlem Children’s Zone and has received artist grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts and the Independent Television Service (ITVS). He is currently working as a teaching artist with the Tribeca Film Institute. “Adama” is his first full-length film.
Producer Su Kim is a documentary producer based in New York City. Most recently she co-produced “Kimjongilia” (directed by NC Heikin), which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and “Adama,” an ITVS Open Call-funded documentary. Kim was awarded a CPB/PBS Producers Workshop scholarship and participated in the 2008 Sundance Institute's Independent Producers Conference.

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