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Guantánamo Documentary followed by discussion with Directors

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We are holding a screening of the documentary film - 'Outside The Law: Stories From Guantánamo', followed by a discussion with one of the British returnees and the directors of the film.

This is being organised through Barbara Zollner from Birkbeck College. The building is opposite Birkbeck’s main entrance

"Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo" is a new documentary film telling the story of Guantánamo (and including sections on extraordinary rendition and secret prisons). The film brings forward that the Bush administration turned its back on domestic and international laws and focuses on how prisoners were rounded up in Afghanistan and Pakistan without adequate screening (and often for bounty payments). It asks questions about why some of these men may have been in Afghanistan or Pakistan for reasons unconnected with militancy or terrorism (as missionaries or humanitarian aid workers, for example).

The film is based around interviews with former prisoners (Moazzam Begg and, in his first major interview, Omar Deghayes, who was released in December 2007), lawyers for the prisoners (Clive Stafford Smith in the UK and Tom Wilner in the US), and journalist and author Andy Worthington, and also includes appearances from Guantánamo's former Muslim chaplain James Yee, a London-based imam, and the British human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce.

You can see an extract of it at