2010

Blueprint for Accountability: Tortured Law

Culture Project’s “Blueprint for Accountability” series continues with TORTURED LAW, an extraordinary night of art and activism at Judson Memorial Church. The event will open with a screening of Alliance for Justice’s short documentary film Tortured Law, which examines the role Bush administration lawyers played in authorizing the use of techniques that many would call “torture” in detainee interrogations, and continue with a live theater performance of Theaters Against War’s highly acclaimed production DENIED, chronicling the inhumane conditions of confinement and decimation of due process rights of American citizen Fahad Hashmi.

Hashmi has been held in solitary confinement for nearly three years awaiting trial for alleged material support of terrorism. The performance of DENIED features cast members Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America, Wit, Talking Heads) and longtime Howard Zinn collaborator Brian Jones.

Following the film and performance, a panel of distinguished scholars and social activists will lead a provocative discussion about the need for transparency and accountability for US torture. Featured speakers and panelists include: Matthew Alexander, Senior Fellow, Open Society Institute; Hope Metcalf, Associate Research Scholar in Law, Yale Law School; Jean Theoharis, Author and Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College, City University of New York; and Vince Warren, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights; with moderator Nan Aron, President of Alliance for Justice.