Raise Your Voice Against Torture

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Reckoning with Torture is a film project directed by Doug Liman that features everyday Americans reading affidavits, government papers, witness statements and other documents related to US torture and detention.

Make your own video and submit it to the project.

The project website includes a handy step-by-step guide or you could watch videos that others have made — including a few celebrities* — below.

Zach De La Rouda reads “Mistakenly Rendered to Torture”
A Dec. 18, 2005 account by Khaled El-Masri, an innocent victim of the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program. Read the account “America Kidnapped Me”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQG-FvFa6gg&w=560&h=315]

Lili Taylor reads “A Soldier in Afghanistan Witnesses Torture”
The sworn statement, from Feb. 13, 2002, of an interpreter at the Kandahar detention facility in Afghanistan. View the original document.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeLZZe9X1-c&w=560&h=315]

Robert Redford reads “The Repentant Prosecutor”
The Jan. 12, 2009 declaration of Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld, former lead prosecutor in the military commission case of teenaged detainee Mohammed Jawad. View the original document.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZrJRCvY3ms&w=560&h=315]

Matthew Alexander, Esmeralda Santiago and America Ferrera read “Guantanamo Justice: A Detainee’s Hearing”
Documents from the Oct. 11, 2004 Combatant Status Review Tribunal of Guantánamo detainee Mustafa Ait Idr. View the original document.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhQ1_nZKEBI&w=560&h=315]

Don DeLillo reads “The CIA’s Blueprint for Rendition and Interrogation”
A Dec. 30, 2004 CIA memo describing its rendition, detention, and interrogation program. View the original document.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MH4fmc972k&w=560&h=315]

* Some of these readings were taped during special events at Lincoln Center in New York City and the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

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