Special Flight (2011)

An extraordinary and moving documentary filmed inside the Frambois detention center in Switzerland—a country that provides asylum status to fewer than 12% of those who apply for it. The inmates featured are among the thousands of asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants imprisoned without charge or trial and facing deportation to their native countries, where they fear repression or even death. Inmates have two “options” if their appeals fail: they can voluntarily board planes to their native countries and arrive free and unannounced; or they can anticipate being forcibly loaded, bound and handcuffed, onto subsequent “special flights” that can last as long as 40 hours and from which they are delivered directly to local police.

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