Tuesday, January 11 at 7 pm
Amnesty International Group 73 presents
Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Detention Center at Guantanamo Bay
“Guantanamo? Is that still open?”
Americans ask this all the time. And the answer is yes. It will be 20 years old in January 2022. And there are still 38 men imprisoned without trial [13 of them already cleared for release, but still held].
How do we finally close this “patient zero” of the human rights abuses that began after 9/11? How can ordinary Americans be persuaded to talk civil liberties when it comes to the prisoners left? How do we discuss the legal complexities, the international self-defeat, and the humanity of “Bad Dudes”? It’s too big for a slogan. You need a Hollywood blockbuster.
Last year, an award-winning film was produced specifically to do these things. The Mauritanian, directed by Kevin Macdonald and staring Tahar Rahim, Jodie Foster and Benedict Cumberbatch, tells the true courtroom drama of Mohamedou Salahi, who spent 14 years in Guantanamo and how he was freed. It exposes the lies that were told to keep him there.