Film Discussions

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The Battle of Algiers
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Algerian-British political organizer and editor of Red Pepper Magazine, Malia Bouattia, hosts a discussionwith Film and Media Studies writer and professor Sohail Daulatzai, author of Fifty Years of The Battle of Algiers: Past as Prologue, and artist and podcaster, Lowkey, about the film and its continued significance in the global war on terror.

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We Are Many
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Following the screening, co-organizer of the WOT Film Festival, author, and activist Frank Barat, hosts a live panel discussion featuring We Are Many director Amir Amirani, and other key members of the film and protest, Anas Al-Tikriti, Colleen Kelly, Phyllis Bennis, and Sami Al-Arian. For the final panel, the conversation focuses on hope and why we must not despair in the face of continued injustice. A group of dedicated activists discuss why and how we must continue the fight. 

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Citizenfour
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Citizenfour and My Country, My Country film discussion:

Award-winning journalist and host of Democracy Now! Amy Goodman will host a live panel discussion with the stars of Citizenfour, whistleblower Edward Snowden and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, along with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, Chris Hedges.

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Ghosts of Abu Ghraib
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Journalist and filmmaker Ahmed Twaij hosts a live discussion with Ghosts of Abu Ghraib director Rory Kennedy, Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, Katherine Gallagher, and Mark Danner, a professor at UC Berkeley, former staff writer at The New Yorker and author of Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror. A video of Abu Ghraib torture survivor, Al Jazeera journalist Salah Al-Ejaili, is also shown.

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Four Lions
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Abdullah Al-Arian, an associate professor of history, hosts a live panel discussion with director of Four Lions, Chris Morris, Bagram and Guantanamo survivor and outreach director at CAGE, Moazzam Begg, and socio-cultural anthropologist Anila Daulatazai. 

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Fahrenheit 9/11
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The War You Don't See and Fahrenheit 9/11 film discussion:

Veteran journalist and Associate Editor of The Electronic Intifada, Nora Barrows-Friedman, hosts a discussion with director of Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore, along with co-director of The War You Don't See, John Pilger, public intellectual Noam Chomsky, and attorney and partner of Julian Assange, Stella Moris.

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Dirty Wars
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Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist Laila Al-Arian hosts a discussion with the Oscar-nominated co-writers of Dirty Wars, David Riker and Jeremy Scahill, who also stars in the film, along with the director of the ACLU National Security Project, Hina Shamsi.

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Control Room
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North American campaigner for Amnesty International, Alli Jarrar, hosts a discussion with Control Room director Jehane Noujaim, journalist Josh Rushing, who appears in the film, and Iraqi American political advocate, Raed Jarrar.

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The Day Shall Come
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The Day Shall Come and In the Shadow of 9/11 film discussion:

CCF Legal Director Kathy Manley hosts a discussion with director of In the Shadow of 9/11, Dan Reed, The Day Shall Come writer/director Chris Morris, investigative reporter Trevor Aaronson, and Narcassia Batiste, daughter of Narseal Batiste, targeted unjustly in the Liberty City 7 case.

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Taxi to the Dark Side
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Anthropologist and attorney Darryl Li hosts a discussion with Taxi to the Dark Side writer/director Alex Gibney, professor Anila Daulatzai, and journalist Anand Gopal.

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(T)ERROR
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Project SALAM co-founder and Coalition for Civil Freedoms Board Member, Lynne Jackson, hosts a discussion featuring the co-director of (T)ERROR, David Felix Sutcliffe, FBI entrapment target featured in the film, Khalifa Al-Akili, and civil liberties advocate, organizer, and congressional candidate, Shahid Buttar, who also appears in the film.

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The Newburgh Sting
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Democracy Now! producer Hany Massoud and educator Ayesha Hoda, who together founded Justice by the Pen, co-host a discussion featuring the directors of The Newburgh Sting, Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, family members of David Williams, one of the Newburgh Four currently serving a 25-year sentence, Elizabeth and Kiki McWilliams, and CCF Legal Director, Kathy Manley.

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The Feeling of Being Watched
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Coalition for Civil Freedoms Staff Attorney and lead author of the Project South report, "Spying on the Margins," Amith Gupta, hosts a discussion with filmmaker Assia Boundaoui, FBI whistleblower Terry Albury, and Attorney for Albury and Chair of the National Security Committee at the NACDL, Joshua Dratel.

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USA vs Al-Arian
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United Voices President and WMNF Radio Host Ahmed Bedier hosts a discussion with director Line Halvorsen, professor and impacted family member, Abdullah Al-Arian (featured in USA vs AL-ARIAN), and law professor and co-counsel in the US v. Al-Arian case, Wadie Said.

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The Road to Guantánamo
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The Road to Guantánamo and The Confession film discussion:

CAGE research director and author Dr. Asim Qureshi hosts a discussion with director Mat Whitecross, CAGE outreach director and former Bagram and Guantánamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg, and Advocacy Program Manager at the Center for Constitutional Rights, Aliya Hussain.

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The Mauritanian
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Suzie Gilbert hosts a discussion with former Guantánamo Bay prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi, director Kevin Macdonald, and co-counsel for Slahi, Teri Duncan (played by Shailene Woodley in The Mauritanian).

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The 11 partnering organizations of the War on Terror Film Festival mark the start of our month-long film festival with brief introductions and welcome remarks.