Sentenced Home

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Putting a human face on controversial immigration policy, Sentenced Home follows three young Cambodian Americans through the deportation process. Raised in inner city Seattle, they pay an unbearable price for mistakes they made as teenagers. Caught between their tragic pasts and an uncertain future, each young man confronts a legal system that offers no second chances. The lesson plans and film modules in this collection can be used to support viewing of Sentenced Home while engaging students in discussions about citizenship, crime and punishment, immigration history and reform, deportation, and cultural assimilation.

  • Sentenced Home | Educator Guide

    Putting a human face on controversial immigration policy, Sentenced Home follows three young Cambodian Americans through the deportation process. Raised in inner city Seattle, they pay an unbearable price for mistakes they made as teenagers. Caught between their tragic pasts and an uncertain future, each young man confronts a legal system that offers no second chances. The lesson plans and film modules in this guide can be used to support viewing of Sentenced Home while engaging students in discussions about citizenship, crime and punishment, immigration history and reform, deportation, and cultural assimilation.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Sentenced Home | Film Discussion Guide

    This discussion guide is designed as a tool to facilitate dialogue, and deepen understanding of the complex issues in Sentenced Home, a film that follows three young Cambodian Americans through the deportation process, putting a human face on controversial immigration policy. The guide provides important context, and raises thought provoking questions to encourage viewers to think more deeply. We also provide resources and suggestions for areas to take action and to explore in panel discussions, in the classroom, in communities, and online.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Facing Deportation and the History of the Khmer Refugee | Sentenced Home Film Module

    This module introduces Many Uch, one of the young men in the film who has grown up in Seattle, WA, committed gang-related crimes and now faces deportation. We also meet Many’s mother who recounts their harrowing escape from the Khmer Rouge—and her struggle to parent in an unfamiliar country. The module provides background on the Cambodian refugee’s arrival in the U.S., Many’s crime and time served, and background on the law requiring deportation.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Gangs and Choices | Sentenced Home Film Module

    In this module, viewers meet Kim Ho Ma, recently released from prison, but facing imminent deportation. Kim Ho Ma reflects on what it is like to grow up in a "gang-infested neighborhood." The film follows Kim as he is separated from his family and deported to Cambodia.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Crime, Punishment, and Life in Cambodia | Sentenced Home Film Module

    This module includes an interview with Patricia Vroom, INS attorney, providing another perspective on the deportation law and its enforcement. Kim Ho Ma, now in Cambodia for some time, reflects on his life in a country he was "conceived in, but has no memories of" as well as the seriousness of his crime and the lack of due process in consideration of his deportation.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Looking Back, Looking Ahead | Sentenced Home Film Module

    Many Uch talks with his former teacher, Bob Huppe, who reflects on how difficult it must have been for young refugees like Many and his mother and how little was done to help them. As the module concludes, viewers see Many trying to lead a purposeful life while the threat of imminent deportation continues to loom.

    Grades: 9-13+

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