Producer/Director David Felix Sutcliffe and producer Su Kim’s documentary, “Adama,” about a 16 year-old East Harlem teen suspected of connections to terrorism, which ran on public television networks, and was online for a limited time thanks to ITVS and WORLD Compass, has been put back online permanently for you to watch in full, if you missed it the last time.
Her story, in brief, on March 24th, 2005, Adama Bah, a 16-year-old Muslim girl, awoke at dawn to discover nearly a dozen armed government agents inside her family’s apartment in East Harlem. She was arrested and taken to a maximum-security juvenile detention center in Pennsylvania. An FBI document leaked to the press mysteriously identified Adama as a “potential” suicide bomber and an “imminent threat to the security of the United States.” After six weeks of public protest and media scrutiny, Adama was released with an ankle bracelet and a deportation order, but no terrorist charges. Still traumatized by the experience of her detention, Adama had to drop out of high school and support her four younger siblings after her father was deported to Guinea, Africa.
Using intimate verité footage, director Sutcliffe captures the extreme pressures bearing down on this young Muslim girl and her desperate efforts to keep her family from unraveling.
By the way, David Felix Sutcliffe is co-director (along with Lyric R. Cabral) of a film that premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival, “(T)ERROR.” A Kickstarter campaign was launched to help raise funds to support the theatrical release of the award-winning feature documentary – the first film to document on camera a covert counterterrorism sting as it unfolds, via the perspective of a 63-year-old Black revolutionary turned FBI informant.
Watch the riveting “Adam” in its entirety – all 55 minutes of it – below, and underneath it, you’ll find the a video on the fundraising campaign for “(T)ERROR” (which includes a trailer of that film, and which has just 2 weeks to go to raise the remaining 50% of its goal).