Singer Fiona Apple narrated a video advising people on how to document Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests, instructing witnesses “Don’t stop filming!”

The animated short film released Tuesday details the steps witnesses could take to record – either through video or writing – ICE arrests to ensure officers are acting properly. The video was created in partnership with We Have Rights, Brooklyn Defender Services and WITNESS, Vulture reported

In the film, Apple advises that people have a right to videotape the interaction between ICE officials and others “as long as you do not interfere with the arrest.” She notes that those who are not comfortable filming can document the incidents by taking notes or paying attention. 


The singer instructed witnesses to “film openly” and “comply with any instructions the agents give you.” If officers instruct observers to stop filming, she said to tell them, “I am exercising my right to document this arrest.”

She directed witnesses to document themselves following any instructions to step back and focus the recording on the officers and not the individual being arrested or their families to avoid putting them in danger. 

Apple also instructed those recording to capture details like documents, uniforms and street signs but avoid stopping recording between these shots and revealing the identity, immigration status or criminal history of person being arrested.

Apple told Vulture she believed the film is “absolutely essential.”

“When I was reading the script, I felt really lucky to be able to read it aloud and learn it,” she said. “It’s such valuable information. Everybody can help out.

“I think so many people want to help and they don’t know how,” she added “They feel like they have no way of helping. But if you’ve got eyes, ears, a notepad, and a pencil, you can help. But you have to know the rules to be able to help.”

The video was also released in Spanish with Erika Andiola narrating that version, according to Vulture.