is a film made for the
network, first aired in April 27
at 9:30 p.m.
). The film explores the status of
aftermath of the September
11, 2001 attacks
and the approval of the USA PATRIOT Act
. The film was directed by
and written by
creator Tom Fontana
. It stars Glenn Close
, Ken Leung
, Bruno Lastra
. The film was first screened at the Monaco Film Premiere
with Lumet in
person presenting it, in the presence of Fontana.
The film is built around two main parallel stories, each containing
almost identical dialogues. One story line involves Linda Sykes
(Gyllenhaal), an American woman
detained in the People's Republic of China, being interrogated by a military officer
(Leung). In the other storyline, Sharif Bin Said
(Lastra), an Arab man detained in New York City, is interrogated by two FBI agents (Winters and Close).
are graduate students detained with no hard evidence and
interrogated about unspecified activities which may be related to
plots. As implied by the title,
the characters of Sykes and Bin Said are strip-searched against
their will by their interrogators. In both cases the protagonists
appear to have only tenuous connections with the suspected
The film ends with the question: "Must security and safety come at
the price of freedom?"