Strip Search follows several parallel stories examining personal freedoms vs. national security in the aftermath of 9/11; two main subplots involve an American woman detained in China and an Arab man detained in New York City.
Werner Ernst is a young hospital resident who becomes embroiled in a legal battle between two half-sisters who are fighting over the care of their comatose father. But are they really ... See full summary »
A New York City narcotics detective reluctantly agrees to cooperate with a special commission investigating police corruption. However, he soon discovers that he's in over his head, and nobody can be trusted.
A street-wise, middle-aged moll named Gloria stands up against the mobs, which is complicated by a six-year-old urchin with a will of his own who she reluctantly takes under her wing after ... See full summary »
A psychological drama that follows four high schoolers down a dark ride. As each struggle separately in their own lives they will soon discover that their lives are interconnected in ways ... See full summary »
When aspiring children's entertainer Jason gets his long-time crush Danny pregnant on their first date, the two choose to make a life together as husband and wife. As the prospect of ... See full summary »
Vanessa, a super posh diva, finds herself stranded on a lighthouse instead at a luxury resort. To make things worse, there is no way to get off the island until the next ship arrives the ... See full summary »
Matthias J. Michel
Detective Emily Eden is a tough New York City cop forced to go undercover to solve a puzzling murder. Her search for the truth takes her into a secret world of unwritten law and unspoken ... See full summary »
In the aftermath of the September, 11th, in China, the American student Linda Sykes is interrogated by the military Liu Tsung-Yuan. In New York, the Arab student Sharif Bin Said is interrogated by the FBI agent Karen Moore. The psychological methods of interrogation are the same, amicable in the beginning and brutal in the end; but there is no evidence that the students are terrorists. Must security and safety of the State come at the price of freedom?Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Hi, Strip search was a good movie. It was right on point about how your civil rights can be abused by a overzealous government. But I want to point out another aspect of strip searches. I was sentenced to 15 years to life in a maximum security prison for a drug crime. The most inhumane treatment was that of strip searches. I painted a series on this subject which can be viewed at
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This body of work below was produced in 1995 in response to the dehumanizing
nature of body cavity searches.
INTENT OF THE ARTIST: To give the general public a view of the dehumanizing nature of the prison experience Coming back from a visit with his mother a sadistic guard ordered Papa to bend over and spread his ass cheeks on 3 occasions to look for contraband in his anal canal. No contraband was found after the first visual search. But the guard insisted that Papa continue to bend over. Papa asked the guard what he was looking for. After the third search Papa refused to cooperate asking the guard to call the supervising officer. The guard told him to get dressed and return to his cell.
Papa then went to the law library to write a complaint and researched the issue. Papa discovered 20 pages of directives issued by the Department of Corrections on how guards should search the body cavities of prisoners. Papa was disgusted and decided to paint about this dehumanizing experience. He created automatic paintings and glued parts of the directives to them.
The six pieces of work were then confiscated by the administration when Papa tried to send them to the free world...
Best, Anthony Papa www.15tolife.com author of 15 To Life: How I Painted My Way To Freedom / Feralhouse
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