Golden Venture

TitleGolden Venture
Publication TypeFilm
Year Released2006
AuthorsCohn P
Running Time70 mins.
CountryUnited States
KeywordsGolden Venture, Immigration

From film website: "The film chronicles the ongoing struggles of passengers who were aboard the Golden Venture, an immigrant smuggling ship that ran aground near New York City in 1993. Passengers had paid at least $30,000 to be brought to the U.S. from China's Fujian Province, expecting to arrive indebted but unnoticed. But a seemingly golden opportunity quickly evolved into a hellish descent through the cruel whims of U.S. immigration policy.
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. Almost all were defended by a tenacious group of York, PA attorneys, whose persistent efforts on behalf of the detainees saved many from being sent back to face harsh punishment by the Chinese authorities.

“Golden Venture” is a global epic, a story of stoic perseverance and unexpected grace, played out in the shadow of national politics and the continuing failure of ever-harsher US immigration policies. 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."

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