Monday, November 10, 2014

Watch, Discuss, Spread the Word: "Camp X-Ray"

Members of the Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo attended a screening of the new film Camp X-Ray yesterday at the Siskel Film Center.

Peyman Moaadi and Kirsten Stewart in Camp X-Ray

The Siskel website describes Camp X-Ray as follows:

2014, Peter Sattler, USA, 117 min.
With Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaadi

“Riveting…there’s not a moment Stewart’s onscreen here where she isn’t completely transfixing.” –David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

Two mesmerizing performances anchor this story of a psychological cat-and-mouse game set in the unlikely confines of Gitmo, the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay. Amy (Stewart), a recent Army recruit uneasily finding her footing among male fellow soldiers, is on suicide watch guarding Middle Eastern detainees in solitary confinement. Among them is English-speaking Ali (Moaadi of A SEPARATION), an immigrant picked up in New York in the wake of 9/11. Although they are technically enemies, both their lives are shaped by loneliness and fear, factors that create a climate in which respect and an odd sort of friendship take root. DCP digital.

Members of CCSDG felt the film is important for as many people as possible to view, and talk about. They felt that it is particularly valuable to see the film together with other people, and discuss the film afterward.

We felt it would be valuable to contribute individual reflections on the film in the comment section here. Please join us in sharing your thoughts, and please encourage people to see this film and learn more about the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.