“[T]his is a strong movie examining the imprisonment and subsequent torture of those falsely accused of anti-American conspiracy.”
Joe Burnham, Time Out
“Every American needs to watch this film. Or at least every mouthpiece in the corporate media. They should broadcast this instead of the WWII Holocaust documentaries, which play on rotation on the cable networks.”
Alexa O’Brien, journalist, WL Central
In February and March, after a promising start to this year’s UK student tour of the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,” which is supported by Amnesty International UK (and which followed a successful 35-date UK tour last year), Andy Worthington, the film’s co-director (with Polly Nash), became seriously ill, and spent two weeks in hospital, and another month recovering.
Now back on his feet, Andy is arranging new dates, and has recently visited De Montfort University in Leicester and Hull University for two very successful screenings. Now five additional new dates have been added, and, like further dates to be announced as and when they are confirmed, these dates have also been added to the dedicated page for the tour, which is updated whenever new dates are arranged.
The intention of the tour, as with every screening 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 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 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.
With the recent release, by WikiLeaks, of classified US military documents relating to the prisoners — plus the death of Osama bin Laden — Guantánamo is more newsworthy than it has been for a while. As a media partner for WikiLeaks, Andy is perfectly placed to explain these developments, and also to keep the focus on Shaker Aamer, whose release from Guantánamo remains as pressing as ever. For further information, see this article in the Guardian about Shaker Aamer following WikiLeaks’ release of the US military’s Detainee Assessment Briefs from Guantánamo, this article in the Wandsworth Guardian (in Shaker’s home borough), and this BBC News feature on Shaker Aamer’s case. Also see these letters to the Guardian.
Please also note that all five screenings are free.
Thursday May 26, 7 pm: Film screening – “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo.”
Followed by Q&A with Andy Worthington.
Upstairs at The Exhibit, Restaurant, Bar and Cinema, 12 Balham Station Road, Balham, London, SW12 9SG.
This event is organized by Wandsworth Amnesty International Group.
For further information, please contact Sara Mason.
Friday May 27, 1 pm: Film screening – “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo.”
Followed by Q&A with Andy Worthington.
Institute of Education, Room S13, IoE Student Union, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL.
This event is organised by the Institute of Education Amnesty International Society as part of its “International Education and Culture week” from May 23 to 27.
For further information about the screening, please contact Samuel Mejias. Also see the website here for information about all the other events taking place during the week.
Thursday June 9, 7 pm: Film screening – “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo.”
Followed by Q&A with Andy Worthington.
Cardiff University, Wallace Lecture Theatre, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3QN.
This event is organized by Cardiff Stop the War.
For further information, please contact Adam Johannes by email or on 07940 108146.
Monday June 13, 8 pm: Film screening – “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo.” Followed by Q&A with Andy Worthington.
Three Tuns Inn, Salop Street, Bishops Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5BW.
This event is organized by Bishops Castle Amnesty International Group, and there will be an opportunity to meet Andy before the screening, at 7.30 pm.
For further information, please contact Janny Phillips.
Thursday June 16, 6.30 pm: Film screening – “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo.” Followed by Q&A with Andy Worthington.
York University, Room V/045, Vanbrugh College, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD.
This event is organized by York University Amnesty International Society.
For further information, please contact Josh Levy. Also, see the Facebook page, and see here for maps and directions.
For further information about the film, for interviews, or to inquire about broadcasting, distributing or showing “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,” please contact Polly Nash or Andy Worthington, and see a trailer for the film below, via Journeyman Pictures, where, for a small fee, you can watch the film online:
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, Twitter, Digg and YouTube). 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, on tour in the UK throughout 2011, and available on DVD here — or here for the US), 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.
On Facebook, George Kenneth Berger wrote:
I’m digging this now. Shared too, Andy.
Thanks, George. I appreciate your attentiveness!
Thanks also to everyone who liked and shared this too.
And for those in the UK, I hope to see some of you at the various screenings.
Roger Hyde wrote:
Sharing on Bebo, My Space and Twitter, my friend. hope all is good with you and yours.
Thanks, Roger, and thanks also for asking about my health and that of my family. All good, I can say, which hasn’t always been the case of late! Hope all is good with you too.
Virginia Simson wrote:
Glad you wrote that, Andy, I came over here specifically to see how you are doing! A big fat hug to you.
Thank you, Virginia. Great to hear from you!
Donald Jordan wrote:
Andy we hope you come to Helsinki with the film.
That would be lovely, Donald. Is there anyone who might be interested in getting me over to Finland? Amnesty? Other human rights groups?
Justice-for David wrote:
Still want you to bring the film to Australia!
Ah yes, well that would be excellent as well!
Writer, campaigner, investigative journalist and commentator. Recognized as an authority on Guantánamo and the “war on terror.” Co-founder, Close Guantánamo, co-director, We Stand With Shaker. Also, singer and songwriter (The Four Fathers) and photographer.
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