Film Screening "Doctors of the Darkside" w Q&A
A World Can't Event Launching the Close Guantanamo NOW Tour 2014
Reception: 6:30 pm
Film begins: 7:00 pm
Sreening of Doctors of the Darkside - 74 minutes long.
Co-sponsored by Peace and Justice Task Force of All Souls Unitarian Church, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Resistance Cinema and Revolution Books.
With Andy Worthington, Debra Sweet and Todd Pierce, former US military defense attorney for Guantanamo prisoners.
Doctors of the Dark Side exposes the scandal behind the torture scandal — how psychologists and physicians implemented and covered up the torture of detainees in US controlled military prisons. The stories of four detainees and the doctors involved in their abuse show how essential doctors have been to the torture program. Director Martha Davis (Interrogation Psychologists) spent four years investigating the controversy and produced the documentary with an award-winning team that includes Oscar-winners Mark Jonathan Harris (Writer) and Mercedes Ruehl (Narrator), and Emmy-winner Lisa Rinzler (Director of Photography). Editor M. Trevino (Hidden Battles) led the post-production team of the feature length documentary. The Executive Producers are Thea Kerman and Sergio Rothstein. Hermine Muskat (Waiting for Armageddon) is Co-Producer.
The Bush regime filled the off-shore prison at Guantanamo Bay by rendering men seized from around the globe into indefinite captivity, employing and legally justifying a program of torture they called "enhanced interrogation." They slowly began to release prisoners for whom no case could be fabricated to justify prison, while planning to keep many forever, most of whom could not be shown to have played any role in opposing the United States.
When Barack Obama was elected, he quickly promised to close it within a year... five years ago. The illegal prison is still open, with new infrastructure added and more personnel than ever. Most people in the US have no idea there are still 82 prisoners there who were cleared for release years ago; 45 of whom the President says will never be charged or released; and 30 to be put through "military commissions" trials which are designed to cover the torture inflicted on the prisoners, depriving of them rights the U.S. has claimed to cherish.
Why, as Obama says the "war on terror" is winding down, will this country not close Guantanamo? And what is our responsibility to see that it does?
Andy Worthington @guantanamoandy - a journalist based in the UK, has covered the prison intensely since 2006. In hundreds of articles, he's uncovered the lives of the men held without charge, and the stories the US created about them. Author of The Guantanamo Files: Stories of the 774 Men Held in Guantanamo and director of the 2009 film Outside the Law, he further developed the picture by sifting through the Guantanamo Detainee Briefs released via Wikileaks by Private Manning in 2011.
Debra Sweet @DSweetWCW- is the Director of The World Can't Wait, leader of years of protest of indefinite detention and torture by the United States, including a full-page ad inThe New York Times in May 2013 picturing Guantanamo prisoners for the first time in those pages, and bringing together prisoners' attorneys, academics, artists, and voices of conscience to declare "Close Guantanamo NOW."
Event LocationAll Souls Church
Reception - 6:30pm
Film Showing - 7:00pm
Unitarian Church of All Souls
1157 Lexington Avenue @ 80th St.
New York, NY 10075