Street sign announcing Atalissa

The Men of Atalissa

USA 2014, Doc., 35 Min., OV/d
Director: Kassie Bracken

The Men of Atalissa is a documentary film about 32 intellectually challenged people. They were employed by Texas-based «Henry’s Turkey Service» without proper compensation, and were abused physically and mentally, living in harsh conditions, at Atalissa, Iowa for more than 30 years beginning in the 1970s. The men, paid a wage of $65 a month and sheltered in an old uphill schoolhouse, were used for meat processing. The documentary is based on court records and internal documents of the company and features first-time interviews with seven of the victims.
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