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The Golden Venture crash fed a media circus and became a symbol of a growing national concern over illegal immigration. Many passengers were deported over a two-year period, while others were detained for up to four years.
Golden Venture is a global epic, a story of stoic perseverance and unexpected grace, played out in the shadow of national politics. The film tells the story of immigrants who defied death to get here and of the small town lawyers who heroically rose to their defense. The multi-layered narrative also explores the culture of China's Fujian province, provides a case study in cross-ideological community organizing, and examines the role art can play in the struggle for human rights.
At a time when the immigration issue has led to furious debate and high stakes political maneuvering, the fate of the Golden Venture passengers is more relevant than ever.