EXCLUSIVE: One day before the 20the anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, Cinema Libre Studio has announced the acquisition of a documentary about one of the most famous men held in the prison operated by the United States.
The Guantanamo diary revisited recounts the experience of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian citizen, imprisoned in the center of Guantánamo Bay from 2002 to 2016, accused by the American authorities of having helped al-Qaeda. He has never been charged with a crime. Slahi told her story in Guantanamo Journal, a thesis that was adapted into the 2021 film Mauritanian, with Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch and Shailene Woodley.
Cinema Libre Studio intends to release The Guantanamo diary revisited, produced by journalist John Goetz, in North America on March 29. But on Tuesday, the studio will present a virtual preview of the documentary two decades to the day after the Bush administration opened Gitmo prison in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. . The administration has chosen the site at the southeastern tip of Cuba to house and interrogate so-called “enemy combatants” in the context of the vaguely defined global war on terror (the United States controls the area comprising the naval base). of Guantánamo Bay, but technically they do not hold sovereignty over it, thus limiting the access of prisoners held there to reparation in American courts).
Slahi wrote in his book that he was tortured at the facility, along with other prisoners, and subjected to sexual humiliation and other inhumane treatment. The Periodic Review Board, made up of civilian representatives from the Pentagon, Homeland Security, State and Justice departments and other executive offices, granted Slahi’s release in October 2016, after almost 15 years behind bars.
Slahi returned to his native Mauritania, the West African nation. The documentary was born out of his desire to meet his captors and interrogators again, not out of a desire for revenge, but rather out of reconciliation.
“Some of you mistreated me, even tortured me,” Slahi said. “But I tell you with all my heart that I have forgiven you. I have no hard feelings against you guys. Honest before God. I invite you all to my house so that we can drink tea and talk about the past.
Intrigued by this invitation, Goetz helped organize the meetings. As the director said This american life host Ira Glass in an October 2021 edition of the radio show, “[Slahi] was not done with what happened to him.
Philippe Diaz, president of Cinéma Libre Studio, developed a keen interest in Slahi after the publication of his memoir.
“I read Guantanamo Journal at the time it was published, “Diaz commented,” because I have always believed that the fate of innocent men captured and tortured in CIA black sites and Guantanamo was unimaginable. Slahi and the other inmates are the ones who inspired me to write and direct my next feature film. I am Gitmo. We were shooting it when we heard about this documentary and we knew we had to get it.
Cinema Libre Studios, with the support of Pasaca Entertainment, joins forces with 10 human rights organizations for a “day of protest” on the 20the anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo detention center, “to share the truth about the infamous prison”.
In addition to the free virtual screening of The Guantanamo diary revisited, Tuesday’s events include the 11eannual Close Guantanamo Now vigil outside the Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles, an event starting at noon local time that will feature speakers from the Southern California ACLU, Code Pink, American Muslims for Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace and CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), among others.
A free virtual preview of Diaz’s I am Gitmo will take place in the afternoon, followed by a round table (more information here). The narrative article depicts “the story of a Muslim school teacher who is accused of being involved in 9/11 and transported to Bagram Air Base and then to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he is interrogated and tortured tirelessly. Although the claims are false, he learns that he can be detained indefinitely due to his status as an enemy combatant and the testimony of his interrogators will decide his fate.