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Date Tuesday November 10
Time 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
North Berkeley Senior Center
1901 Hearst Avenue (at Martin Luther King Jr. Way)
wheelchair accessible
Event Type Screening
Emailsf [at]
Phone415 864 5153
Join film director and author Andy Worthington for a screening of his new documentary, "Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo", followed by Q&A.

Sponsored by World Can't Wait.

About the film:

“Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” is a new documentary film, directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington (and inspired by Andy’s book, The Guantánamo Files). The film tells the story of Guantánamo (and includes sections on extraordinary rendition and secret prisons) with a particular focus on how the Bush administration turned its back on domestic and international laws, how prisoners were rounded up in Afghanistan and Pakistan without adequate screening (and often for bounty payments), and 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, Shakeel Begg, a London-based Imam, and the British human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce.

Focusing on the stories of three particular prisoners — Shaker Aamer (who is still held), Binyam Mohamed (who was released in February 2009) and Omar Deghayes — “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” provides a powerful rebuke to those who believe that Guantánamo holds “the worst of the worst” and that the Bush administration was justified in responding to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 by holding men neither as prisoners of war, protected by the Geneva Conventions, nor as criminal suspects with habeas corpus rights, but as “illegal enemy combatants” with no rights whatsoever.

For worldwide inquiries about broadcasting, distributing or showing “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo,” please contact Andy Worthington or Polly Nash .
“Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” is a Spectacle Production (74 minutes, 2009).

Added to the calendar on Monday Nov 2nd, 2009 12:10 PM

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The full interview, describing Omar Deghayes first-hand experience can be viewed online.
Omar Deghayes on Torture and British Intelligence

Human Rights Watch report
‘Cruel Britannia: British Complicity in the Torture and Illegal Treatment of Terror Suspects’

HRW seriously undermine British Government denials of Intelligence service complicity in torture. Testimonials of Pakistani torturers included in the report allege that U.S. and British agents were "perfectly aware that we were using all means possible to extract information."

This corroborates the statements of numerous ex-terror suspects who have come forward about their experiences. Omar Deghayes, former Guantanamo Bay detainee, describes his interrogation by British Intelligence agent, "Andrew' and others while held illegally and subjected to torture in Pakistan and Bagram prison in Afghanistan.

This interview is an extract from the newly released documentary “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo’ (Spectacle 2009, Directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington) which is now available on DVD

“Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo’

Other excerpts and extras can be found at:

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