Two Bradford International Film Festival Screenings of “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,” March 26 and 27, 2011


“‘Outside the Law’ is a powerful film that has helped ensure that Guantánamo and the men unlawfully held there have not been forgotten.”
Kate Allen, Director, Amnesty International UK

“[T]his is a strong movie examining the imprisonment and subsequent torture of those falsely accused of anti-American conspiracy.”
Joe Burnham, Time Out

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I’m delighted to announce that the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington) has been chosen as part of the prestigious Bradford International Film Festival, which runs from March 16 to 27, 2011 (click on the link for the PDF of the full programme). The film will be screened on Saturday March 26, followed by a Q&A session with the directors, and with former Guantánamo prisoner Omar Deghayes (who is featured prominently in the film), and it will also be screened on Sunday March 27. Screening information is here, tickets (£6.75/£5 concs.) can be booked by calling Cineworld on 0871 200 2000, and see here for additional booking information.

This is the fourth film festival screening for “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,” following screenings at the Human Rights, Human Wrongs Film Festival in Oslo last February, the London International Documentary Festival last April, and the D.C. Independent Film Festival in Washington D.C. on March 5 this year, and it is, I believe, a testament to the power of the film and to the ongoing significance of Guantánamo — and the plight of the men still held there — now that President Obama, capitulating to pressure from Republicans (and members of his own party), has abandoned all attempts to close the prison during the rest of his time in office, and, as a result, is presiding over a situation in which many of the 172 men still held can legitimately be regarded as political prisoners.

Full details of the screenings are as follows:

Saturday March 26, 6.30 pm: Film screening – “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo.” Followed by Q&A with Omar Deghayes, Andy Worthington and Polly Nash.
Bradford International Film Festival, Cineworld, Bradford Leisure Exchange, Vicar Lane, Bradford, BD1 5LD.

This screening is part of the Bradford International Film Festival. Screening information is here, tickets (£6.75/£5 concs.) can be booked by calling Cineworld on 0871 200 2000, and see here for additional booking information.

Sunday March 27, 2 pm: Film screening – “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo.”
Bradford International Film Festival, Cineworld, Bradford Leisure Exchange, Vicar Lane, Bradford, BD1 5LD.

This screening is part of the Bradford International Film Festival. Screening information is here, tickets (£6.75/£5 concs.) can be booked by calling Cineworld on 0871 200 2000, and see here for additional booking information.

These dates are part of an ongoing UK tour of “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,” mainly featuring Andy Worthington as a speaker at Q&A sessions following screenings arranged by Amnesty International student groups. See “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” — UK Tour Dates 2011: The “Save Shaker Aamer” Tour for further information. This page will be updated regularly as new tour dates are added.

About the film

The film focuses on the stories of three prisoners — Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo, who is still held, and Binyam Mohamed and Omar Deghayes (both released) — and features interviews with former prisoners Moazzam Begg and Omar Deghayes, lawyers Clive Stafford Smith and Tom Wilner, and journalist Andy Worthington, plus appearances from Guantánamo’s former Muslim chaplain James Yee, Imam Shakeel Begg, and the British human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce.

The purpose of the film is to raise awareness of the truth about Guantánamo, extraordinary rendition, secret prisons and torture, explaining how the Bush administration turned its back on domestic and international laws, rounding up men and boys in Afghanistan and Pakistan without adequate screening (and often for bounty payments), and also explaining why, contrary to the Bush administration’s claims that Guantánamo held “the worst of the worst,” some of these men were in Afghanistan or Pakistan for reasons unconnected with militancy or terrorism (as missionaries or humanitarian aid workers, for example), and very few of the 779 men held since the prison opened had any involvement with international terrorism.

In addition, at screenings throughout the year, including the BIFF, the filmmakers are focusing specifically on the ongoing plight of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo. Although he was cleared for release from Guantánamo in 2007, Shaker, a Saudi national with a British wife and four British children, is still held, despite the fact that, last November, he was included in a financial settlement that the British government reached with 15 former prisoners (which he obviously cannot conclude while held in Guantánamo), despite the fact that the Metropolitan Police are investigating his claims that British agents witnessed his abuse by US soldiers in a prison in Afghanistan, before his transfer to Guantánamo in February 2002, and despite the fact that the coalition government’s planned judicial inquiry into British complicity in torture abroad, announced by Prime Minister David Cameron last July, cannot legitimately start while he is still held.

For further information, interviews, or to inquire about broadcasting, distributing or showing “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,” please contact Polly Nash or Andy Worthington. Below, on YouTube, you can watch the first five minutes of the film via Orchard Pictures, from whom you can also pay to watch the whole film online. You can also pay to watch it online, for just £1, via Journeyman Pictures.

Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed (and I can also be found on Facebook and Twitter). Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in July 2010, details about the new documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, and available on DVD here), my definitive Guantánamo habeas list and the chronological list of all my articles, and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.

14 Responses

  1. Andy Worthington says...

    On Facebook, Roland Jesperson wrote:

    Hi Andy, just a quick drop-by to say hi and thank you, once again, for everything that you do, and do so exquisitely well; as a mutual friend (Steve Bremner) put it a while back (slight paraphrase): We all owe Andy Worthington a great deal. How right he was and is about that! Take care Andy.

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Roland. What a lovely message of support!

  3. Andy Worthington says...

    Jo Ann Ryan wrote:

    kudos 🙂 ♥

  4. Andy Worthington says...

    Zahara Ali wrote:

    Cannot open link 🙁

  5. Andy Worthington says...

    Are you using Explorer 7, Zahara? That’s where most access problems seem to come from. Try upgrading to Explorer 8, or, better still, use Mozilla Firefox.

  6. Andy Worthington says...

    Esther Angel wrote:

    Mozilla Firefox is definitely a nice browser. You can also try the Google Chrome browser if you prefer the Internet Explorer look and feel.

  7. Andy Worthington says...

    Roland Jesperson wrote:

    i will second that, especially re IE 7; my old computer, mortally wounded after multiple crashes, would not re-install IE8, so i limped by with IE7 (until i got my brand-new, whiz-bang computer–soon to be mortally wounded like the old one, due to my incomptetence and reckless disregard for the rights of decent people everywhere);
    but, i digress, where was i? … oh yes, had to use IE7 for nearly a year, and (finally reaching what some might consider a vague approximation of an actual point), i couldn’t do squat with Andy’s links–i could re-post them on facebook, but that was all-couldn’t digg, tweet, nothin’ … and it was IE7’s doing.

  8. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, everyone. Useful techie diversion, I think.
    Anyone in the Bradford area, please ignore — and come to the film screening!
    Unless you’re having problems accessing my site, that is …

  9. Andy Worthington says...

    Christine Casner wrote:

    Andy, will this ever be in Boston???

  10. Andy Worthington says...

    Ghaliyaa Haq wrote:

    Or Oregon? 😀 Or N. Ca?

  11. Andy Worthington says...

    Christine and Ghaliyaa, I’d love to come to Boston and to Oregon and to many other places in the States as well, but the opportunity hasn’t arisen … yet! You can, however, put on your own screenings by buying a copy of the DVD:

  12. Andy Worthington says...

    Ciudadano Kane Kane wrote:


  13. Andy Worthington says...

    Off-topic but I like it:

    Mary Neal wrote:

    BOYCOTT 4 JUSTICE – No Shopping March 9 and on the 9th of every mo. throughout 2011 –

  14. Mary Neal says...

    Thank you for mentioning the BOYCOTT 4 JUSTICE, Andy. Americans hold rallies, march, sign petitions, and make impassioned pleas about needed changes, but those initiatives were accompanied by shopping boycotts during the civil rights movement, and now I can ride on the front of buses. During the labor movement, strikes impacted profits, and unions were born, giving us a 40-hour work week, increased safety on jobs, and other protections. Protesting injustices without giving corporations and government officials a financial incentive to correct wrongs simply isn’t working. The beauty of the BOYCOTT 4 JUSTICE is that all Americans can unite in this peaceful protest to object to whatever injustice they detest, including the fact that GUANTANAMO IS STILL OPEN AND WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE CLOSED BY NOW. You have the March 9 Boycott link. Here is April 9 Boycott 4 Justice link –

    Thank you so much for liking the idea. Let’s take it back – Power to the People!

    Mary Neal

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