Have you ever seen the film ‘Adama,’ bySundance award-winning filmmaker, David Felix Sutcliffe?
The 55-minute film features the story of a 16-year-old Muslim girl growing up in Harlem ,who was arrested by the FBI on suspicion of being a “potential suicide bomber.”
“At one point I was so angry and disappointed at God,” says Adama Bah while narrating her ordeal . “I’m starting accept God let it happen like that,” she says. “Why, I’m not sure yet.”
About ‘Adama Bah’
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 must drop out of high school and support her four younger siblings when her father is deported to Guinea, Africa.
Using intimate verité footage, Adama captures the extreme pressures bearing down on this young Muslim girl and her desperate efforts to keep her family from unraveling.