The State of Arizona

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  • About the Film

    Latino protesters at a rally.

    The turbulent battle over illegal immigration in Arizona that came to a head with Senate Bill 1070 frames this riveting documentary tracking multiple perspectives — activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ranchers, and others — as America eyes the results.

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  • The Characters

    Deputy Sheriff Carlos Clark patrols Santa Cruz County near the Nogales, AZ border

    Keep track of and learn more about all the main players in this real-life drama over border immigration law, from the self-titled "America's Toughest Sheriff" to an organic cattle rancher caught in the middle, from a Latino family to a Tea Party activist.

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  • Filmmakers Explore The State of Arizona

    State of AZ Filmmakers Catherine Tambini and Carlos Sandoval

    The State of Arizona directors discuss their experience making a film about the divisive issue of immigration and the challenges encountered along the way, including trying to be even-handed and being literally caught in the middle in protest rallies.

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  • Test Your Knowledge on Immigration

    Immigration quiz graphic

    On the occasion of the premiere of The State of Arizona, we've created a new quiz on American immigration. You may find some of the questions challenging, and just as many answers surprising, as you test your knowledge on this hot-button topic.

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  • Talkback

    Rancher Duncan Blair speaks from his truck.

    What have been your own personal experiences with immigration? Has the need for tougher immigration laws changed over the years? Share your stories of how immigration laws in your state have affected you and your family.

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