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Film: "Beneath the blindfold"

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 19:00 to Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 00:00


For those in the D.C. area, please attend this screening of the film "Beneath the blindfold," sponsored by the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC.)

American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Room 602
Washington, D.C. 20016

General admission $12, students $8

"Beneath the Blindfold" interweaves the personal stories of four torture survivors who now reside in the U.S., but originally hail from different parts of the globe: South and Central America, Africa, and the U.S. Filmmakers Ines Sommer and Kathy Berger set out to counter the ‘blind spot’ in our national conversation about torture by focusing on survivors’ personal stories, insights and struggles.

Where are the voices of torture survivors today?

As the new film "Zero Dark Thirty" opens in movie theaters across the country and despite the extensive media coverage of abuse at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, it is worth noting that the voices of torture survivors are rarely included in any of the public discussions about the use of torture. But without their stories, torture remains abstract, a practice that happens to people we neither know nor care about. They become statistics, their human suffering easily ignored.

“This essential documentary shakes our complacency and makes us determined to insist on actual, effective abolition of torture in our time.” – Juan E. Méndez, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture.

For more information, contact TASSC International: (202) 529-2991

American University, Washington, D.C.