Given last week’s UK parliamentary vote for a 42 day detention period, I’m especially glad to have Marc Hawker of Dark Fibre Films join us this week to discuss the Amnesty commissioned ad spots Waiting for the Guards and The Stuff of Life, which are part of their Unsubscribe movement designed to united people concerned with human rights abuses committed in the ‘war on terror’.
Waiting for the Guards (2008)
Waiting For The Guards is the first of 3 films commissioned by Amnesty to highlight the enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA in the “War on Terror”. The Directors approached the making of the film in a way that has never been done before, choosing to show the reality of Stress Positions in as authentic a way as possible. They filmed a person who was put in Stress Positions for over a 6 hour period. There is no acting on the part of the “prisoner” – his pain and anguish are real. This powerful film shows without a doubt that what the US administrations say is interrogation is really torture, and must be stopped.
The Stuff of Life (2008)
You are tied to a board, your ankles, wrists, chest and head strapped firmly down. The board is tilted 45 degrees, so that your head is lower than your feet. Water pours onto your face, flows up your nose, into your mouth, down your throat and fills your lungs and stomach. You gag, choke and struggle for breath. You feel as if you are about to drown. Throughout the ordeal an interrogator fires questions at you. The water only stops when you start to give the ‘right’ answers. This is waterboarding.