12 September 2010

11am screening at the Renoir Cinema, London map

Outside The Law: Stories From Guantanamo
Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, UK 2009
75 mins

Based around interviews with former prisoners, lawyers and journalists, the film looks at Guantanamo mainly through the cases of three particular prisoners - Shaker Aamer (who is still held), Binyam Mohamed (who was released in February 2009) and Omar Deghayes. In following their stories the filmmakers focus on how the Bush administration turned its back on domestic and international law, how prisoners were rounded up in Afganistan and Pakistan without adequate screening (and often for bounty payments), and why some of these men may been in Afganistan or Pakistan for reasons unconnected with military or terrorism.

A Place In The City
Jenny Morgan, South Africa 2008
30 mins

In the vast shack settlement in and around Durban, members of Abahlali baseMjondolo, the grassroots shack dwellers' movement lay out their case - against forceible eviction; for decent services - with passion, eloquence and sweet reason. The film captures the horrible conditions in whcih shack dwellers live - but also Abahlali's bravery resilience. At the heart of Abahlali's campaign is the struggle for meaningful citizenship rights for South Africa's poor majority. 'Or does freedom in South Africa,' asks Abahlali volunteer organiser Louisa Motha, 'only belong to the rich?'

The screening will be followed with a discussion led by Jenny Morgan, Polly Nash and Omar Deghayes.