(Sorry folks, the free screening is no longer being offered.)
The Lewes Amnesty International Group is excited to help publicise the film The Mauritanian. The movie is directed by Kevin Macdonald and based on the NY Times best-selling memoir “Guantánamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Salahi, a former detainee at the US military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The movie is the true story of Salahi’s fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the US government for years. Alone and afraid, Salahi (played by Tahar Rahim) finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (played by Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) who battle the US government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client at every turn. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by a formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), uncovers shocking truths and ultimately proves that the human spirit cannot be locked up.
Forty men remain in Guantánamo today. They are all Muslim. Most have never even been charged with crimes. Six have been cleared to leave , yet the government has made no efforts to transfer them out of the prison. The military commissions have barely moved forward: they are still unfair, and deny detainees fair-trial rights. President Biden has pledged to launch a review into closing Guantánamo, and we need to pressure him to follow through with it, to put an end to this symbol of injustice, torture, and indefinite detention – once and for all.
Sign the Amnesty petition to President Biden calling on him to close Guantánamo, and share it with your friends and family . Click below: