About the Festival
The War on Terror Film Festival is a month-long, public virtual event featuring 20 award-winning films made over the last 20 years that document abuses, highlight crimes, and satirize absurdities of the “war on terror.
From the Oscar-winning “Citizenfour” and “Taxi to the Dark Side” to the Oscar-nominated “Dirty Wars” and the highly-acclaimed “The Mauritanian,” “Four Lions,” “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “The Feeling of Being Watched,” these films shine a spotlight on the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq, indefinite detention at Guantánamo Bay prison, torture and surveillance.
Each screening will be accompanied by a live discussion with filmmakers, actors, scholars, survivors and resistors, who will reflect on the challenges of living through the policies of the so-called “war on terror” and telling these stories.
20 Years | 20 Films
As the world reflects on two decades of the “war on terror,” this virtual film festival will take viewers on a journey to bear witness to the devastation of America’s wars and security state. Together, these films paint a picture of the experiences of those who bore the brunt of America’s post-9/11 policies, as well as their pain, trauma, hope, and resilience.
The slate of featured films include documentary and narrative features and cut across genres from drama to comedy.
All films and panel discussions will be accessible through the WOTFF site, which also includes upcoming showings, a roster of participants in each film’s discussion, and the complete 5-weekend schedule. Participants should register to receive email updates and full, free access to watch the films. Follow and like @WOTFilmFestival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates and announcements.
About the Coalition for Civil Freedoms
The Coalition for Civil Freedoms (CCF) is a survivor-led nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the abuses of the U.S. domestic "war on terror." Founded in 2010, CCF is a coalition of civil liberties and human rights organizations that challenges preemptive prosecution and the post-9/11 targeting, surveillance, and criminalization of Muslim communities. CCF’s core areas of work include education and outreach, prisoner and family support, legal services, grassroots advocacy, policy, and research. We work to amplify the voices of those directly impacted and empower them to advocate for meaningful change. Through direct action and public awareness campaigns, CCF mobilizes communities to transform the criminal legal system to one built on fairness and equality. Our vision for justice is freedom for political prisoners, an end to political repression, and the protection of the rights of all people.
About Our Sponsors
Center for Constitutional Rights
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) works with communities under threat to fight for justice and liberation through litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications. Since 1966, we have taken on oppressive systems of power, including structural racism, gender oppression, economic inequity, and governmental overreach. CCR stands with social justice movements and communities under threat—fusing litigation, advocacy, and narrative shifting to dismantle systems of oppression regardless of the risk.
United Voices for America
A non-profit, non-partisan civic engagement organization, United Voices for America is changing the direction of political discussion in the United States. Rather than allowing a select few to drive policy-making, we work to ensure that all citizens have a seat at the table. America is stronger when all its people are engaged in the democratic process.
CAGE is an independent grassroots organisation striving for a world free of injustice and oppression. We campaign against discriminatory state policies and advocate for due process and the rule of law. We work closely with survivors of abuse and mistreatment across the globe, documenting their abuse and enabling them to take action and access due process. We carry out cutting edge research and provide a voice for survivors of the war on terror, challenging the dominant narrative of suspect communities and the perceived threat of terrorism. We empower communities through educational workshops, community events and informative seminars.
CODEPINK is a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs.
ICNA Council for Social Justice
ICNA Council for Social Justice (CSJ) is a social justice/human rights organization that strives to systematically facilitate assertive Muslim involvement in the field of human struggle for the rights of the poor and oppressed in the United States. Its mission is to cooperate with existing social justice efforts, and organize new initiatives when appropriate, to eliminate barriers to full citizenship rights and privileges, work to restore civil liberties required for a democratic society, and raise public awareness and work to remove the gross inequities of the US criminal justice system.
Project South was founded as the Institute to Eliminate Poverty & Genocide in 1986. Its work is rooted in the legacy of the Southern Freedom Movement, and its mission is to cultivate strong social movements in the South powerful enough to contend with some of the most pressing and complicated social, economic, and political problems faced today.
Islamic Scholarship Fund
ISF increases American Muslim representation in media and government to improve public policy and public opinion. It believes that the interests of Muslim communities can only be protected if they are part of the policy-making process. ISF scholars and alumni across the country and world are ensuring those voices are heard.
Massachusetts Peace Action
Massachusetts Peace Action is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to develop the sustained political power to foster a more just and peaceful U.S. foreign policy. Through grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, and community education, MAPA promotes human rights and global cooperation, seeks an end to war and the spread of nuclear weapons, and supports budget priorities that redirect excessive military spending to meeting human and environmental needs in our communities. MAPA is an affiliate of Peace Action, the nation’s largest grassroots peace and disarmament membership organization, with more than 100,000 members and 30 chapters across the country.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a nonprofit, grassroots civil rights and advocacy organization. CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization, with affiliate offices nationwide. Its national headquarters is located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Since its establishment in 1994, CAIR has worked to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America. Through media relations, lobbying, education and advocacy, CAIR works to make sure a Muslim voice is represented. Through our work, CAIR seeks to empower American Muslims and encourage their participation in political and social activism.
The Freedom Initiative
The Freedom Initiative is a leading independent human rights organization based out of Washington D.C. It was founded in 2016 with a specialized focus on political prisoners in the Arab world. We advocate for political prisoners and the issues they represent through advocacy, individual casework, public relations, and legal action. Its aim is to work towards an Arab region that is free of political prisoners and rewards diversity of thought, belief, and orientation.