Published November 8, 2012
The provocative documentary “You Don’t Like the Truth: Four Days in Guantánamo,” will be screened, then discussed by award-winning filmmaker, writer and film theorist Brenda Longfellow as part of a program to be presented on Nov. 14 at UB.
The screening will begin at 6 p.m., followed by Longfellow’s lecture at 8 p.m. Both will take place in the Screening Room, 112 Center for the Arts, North Campus.
The event was organized by Tanya Shilina-Conte, assistant professor of media study, and Joseph Conte, professor of English. Sponsors are the government of Canada, UB’s Canadian-American Studies Committee, and the departments of Media Study and English.
Directed by Luc Côté and Patricio Henríquez, “You Don’t Like the Truth” is based partly on security-camera footage of the encounters between Canadian intelligence agents and Canadian-born Omar Khadr, who was detained in Guantánamo for 10 years after his capture in 2002 in Afghanistan at the age of 15. The film examines the case of Khadr, who was tried by a military commission tribunal—the mechanism for non-American enemy combatants captured in the War on Terror. He was repatriated to Canada in September, where he is confined to a maximum security prison awaiting a decision on the possibility of parole.
Following the screening, Longfellow, associate professor of cinema and media studies and production at York University in Toronto, will discuss the film. Her talk is titled “Complex Regimes of Truth: Surveillance and Affect in ‘You Don’t Like the Truth’—Four Days Inside Guantánamo.”
The event is free and open to the public.