Nominated for a 2020 Emmy Award, THE INTERPRETERS tells the story of Afghan and Iraqi interpreters who served as a crucial bridge between American soldiers and local nationals. But as a result of their work with the U.S. forces, many have become targets. Now they're struggling to find a way out for themselves and their families.
“The Interpreters needs to be seen.”
As the American involvement in the war-torn region winds down, these abandoned allies are faced with an impossible choice – wait for the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) they’ve been promised in return for their loyal service, which may never come, or attempt a hazardous exit route to Europe on the refugee trail. With the threat of bloody retribution against them from the likes of ISIS and the Taliban, hope is rapidly dwindling for these courageous men and women. THE INTERPRETERS offers a tense portrayal of the high stakes of war’s messy aftermath.
This MacArthur Foundation funded 57-minute documentary, finished with support from ITVS and broadcasted on PBS' Independent Lens series, immerses viewers into the little known world of these unsung and all too often forgotten heroes.
“...a raw, emotionally vigorous, and, only too often, devastating look into the lives of Iraqi and Afghan interpreters and their efforts to flee home for the United States.”