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I am Gitmo

(NR) Cinema Libre Studio - 120 min
  • DIRECTOR: Philippe Diaz
  • STARRING: Sammy Sheik, Eric Pierpont, Paul Kampf, Sean O’Bryan, Chico Brown, Jason Reid

SHOWTIMES 04/26/2024 (change date):

Synopsis:

Friday 4/26 Q&A - 7:30pm show with Director Philippe Diaz and author/lawyer Michel Paradis.

 

Saturday 4/27 Q&A - 5:30pm show with Director Philippe Diaz and Professor Karen Greenberg (Author The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo's first 100 Days).

 

Sunday 4/28 Q&A - 3:00pm show with Director Philippe Diaz and special guest.

 

Michel Paradis, lecturer in Law at Columbia University/human rights lawyer and national security law scholar who has won high-profile landmark cases to arise out of Guantanamo.

Bio: https://www.law.columbia.edu/faculty/michel-paradis

Karen Greenberg, Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law and a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also the author of ‘The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s first 100 Days’

Bio https://www.fordham.edu/school-of-law/faculty/directory/program-directors/karen-j-greenberg/

 

During the war on terror started after 9/11, Gamel Sadek, a Muslim schoolteacher is taken from his home and delivered to Bagram Air Base, a CIA black site, where he is questioned about the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. He is tortured when he denies knowing him. chained and hooded, he is put on a cargo plane to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. John Anderson, a military interrogator, is brought out of retirement and assigned to Gamel’s case leaving his daughter behind in New York. Despite relentless beatings, starvation, and torture in Gitmo, Gamel maintains he has no affiliation with Al Qaeda or Bin Laden. John struggles to accept the new torture methods imposed by General Miller, newly in command of the prison, and the mandate to force a confession at any cost. As Gamel prepares for a hearing on his status as an enemy combatant, he realizes he could be held indefinitely, and that John’s testimony will be the deciding factor.

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