The Plight of the Tortured (as Opposed to the Torturers for a Change) Gets Big Screen Due
Perhaps the documentary on torture survivors rolling Saturday at Cal State Fullerton is then cinematic karma.
The university's Muslim Students Association and the Council on American-Islamic Relations Greater Los Angeles Area office (CAIR-LA), which is based in Anaheim, co-host a special screening of The Tortured: Stories of Survival, which chronicles the hell five survivors endured.
Los Angeles-based filmmaker Murad Aldin Amayreh interweaves their accounts drawn from time in prisons in El Salvador, Colombia, Israel, Syria and Vietnam. Those places may be far-flung, but the survivors' stories of inhumane treatment and psychological baggage ring similar.
Hector Aristizabal, one of those from the film who endured torture, will be part of a panel discussion following the film. As will Amayreh and Stephen Rohde, constitutional lawyer and lecturer. The goal of CAIR-LA is to draw attention to local efforts and policy initiatives aimed at stopping torture.
Here is the event poster:
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