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New York, Jan. 7, 2010 – The defendant is a suspected enemy combatant imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay. The government says he is guilty of aiding Al Qaeda, but he claims to be an innocent victim of circumstance. A military tribunal must decide his fate.
That is the setting for The Response
, an award-winning film based on actual transcripts of combatant status review tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, starring Aasif Mandvi
(The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
) as the alleged terrorist, and Kate Mulgrew
(Star Trek: Voyager
), and Peter Riegert
) as two of the judges.
A screening of the 30-minute film will be held Jan. 20 at Columbia Law School in Jerome Greene Hall, Room 106, at 6 p.m., to be followed by a panel discussion featuring Associate Professor Matthew Waxman
, who oversaw detainee affairs in the Bush administration (photo by Barry Stelzer / Richard Chisolm).
The Response received the American Bar Association’s 2009 Silver Gavel Award as best of the year in Drama and Literature, the ABA’s highest honor, and was recently selected as one of only 10 films to advance in the voting for the upcoming Academy Awards® as Best Short Film (Live Action).
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