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The multi-award winning documentary, “Panic Nation,” is an intense look at how state sponsored immigration laws have taken a foot-hold on America. As the film continues a successful festival run, acclaimed producer/director George Adams (an Oklahoma resident) brings the film home for an Oklahoma City premiere on Thursday February 17th, 6:30 p.m. at the IAO Gallery Downtown, 706 West Sheridan.

Filmmaker George Adams

Appearing in the film is state Representative Randy Terrill of Oklahoma City, currently embroiled in allegations of bribery, defending the need for immigration laws such as H.B. 1804, the measure he authored for Oklahoma.  Adams offers facts and opinions throughout the film documenting both sides of this volatile issue.  Ruben Navarrette, Jr., a two-time Harvard graduate, syndicated columnist, CNN contributor, states in the film, “We have a broken border, we know that.  But we also have a broken dialogue.”

The documentary delves into the history, reasons and the rise of state- sponsored immigration laws and their effects.  Former White House cabinet member Henry Cisneros, multi-award winning writer of “Sesame Street” Luis Santeiro, and multi-award winning actor Esai Morales are among the interviewees.  Oklahomans like former state Representative Shane Jett and the Latino Community Development Agency’s CEO Patricia Fennell are also featured among various citizens, professionals, business owners and experts, who tell their stories inter-woven with those of lawmakers like Terrill, whose omnibus anti-immigration law was a precursor to Arizona’s S.B. 1070.

Adams who has screened the film in Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Utah, Kansas and in Mexico says, “This is a highly emotional issue and I hope I’ve gotten to the heart of the matter. We need to be honest with ourselves as a nation as to how we got here, what we need and want as a country, before we can achieve real solutions. If I can get people to react in a positive and productive way when addressing the immigration issue, then the film will be successful.”

This motion-picture is produced by the multi-award-winning production team of George Adams and Klaudia Kovacs whose film “Torn from the Flag” (about the fall of Communism and the Hungarian Revolution of 1956) was viewed by scores of people around the world. Their film was screened at 17 festivals in five countries, garnering eight different awards including a run at the 2009 Oscars.

Tickets for the Feb. 17 premiere are available online or at the door the day of the event.  For more information, visit

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