Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo
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Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo
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Released in 2009

Documentary telling the story of Guantánamo, focusing on the stories of three prisoners, Shaker Aamer, Binyam Mohamed and Omar Deghayes. A powerful rebuke to the myth that Guantánamo holds “the worst of the worst”.

Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo tells the story of Guantánamo, extraordinary rendition and secret prisons, examining how the Bush administration turned its back on domestic and international laws, rounding up prisoners in Afghanistan and Pakistan without adequate screening (and often for large bounty payments), and why some of these men may have been in Afghanistan or Pakistan for reasons unconnected with militancy or terrorism; for example as missionaries or humanitarian aid workers.  Focusing on the stories of three particular prisoners — Shaker Aamer (released, October 2015), Binyam Mohamed (released, February 2009) and Omar Deghayes (released, December 2007).

The film provides a powerful rebuke to those who believe that Guantánamo holds “the worst of the worst” and that the Bush administration was justified in responding to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 by holding men neither as prisoners of war, protected by the Geneva Conventions, nor as criminal suspects with habeas corpus rights, but as “illegal enemy combatants” with no rights whatsoever.

The film contains interviews with former prisoners (Moazzam Begg and, in his first major interview, Omar Deghayes) lawyers for the prisoners (Clive Stafford Smith in the UK and Tom Wilner in the US), and journalist and author Andy Worthington, and also includes appearances from Guantánamo’s former Muslim chaplain James Yee, a London-based Imam, and the British human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce.

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  • Producers
    Polly Nash/ Andy Worthington/
  • Associate Producer
    Mark Saunders/
  • Editors
    Polly Nash/ Liz Adams (Online Editor)/
  • Directed by
    Polly Nash/ Andy Worthington/
  • Production Company
  • Funded by
    Seed funding from The University of The Arts, London - LCC research department/
  • Distributed by
  • Cast
    Omar Deghayes/ Moazzam Begg/ Shakeel Begg/ Gareth Pierce/ James Yee/ Tom Wilner/ Clive Stafford Smith/ Andy Worthington/
  • Camera Operator
    Mark Saunders/
  • Sound Design
    Pablo Lopez/