"Sarah Mirk Illuminates 'Guantanamo Voices'"
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Sarah Mirk Illuminates "Guantanamo Voices"

Author Sarah Mirk talked about her graphic nonfiction book "Guantanamo Voices: True Accounts from the World's Most Infamous Prison" on a livestream on January 12, 2021, one day after the 19th anniversary of the notorious prison. Mirk talked about the history of the prison in the context of the "war on terror," statistics about the prison and the inmates, and the various people she interviewed including guards, former prisoners, and lawyers. She also gave behind the scenes commentary on how the book was created, with various artists illustrating each chapter using her notes, sketches and photographs for reference. Of nearly 800 people brought to Guantanamo, 40 remain there today. The show reveals how the US base-- located in Cuba-- forever changed both US lives and how Americans look at torture and indefinite imprisonment.

The original event was coordinated by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group as a livestream on Youtube . The presentation begins with an introduction by local media personality Theresa Mitchell. The Flying Focus version improves on the original with additional video that was not part of the Peace and Justice Works stream.

Watch a "side-by-side" comparison of two short clips on our (less than two-minute long) promotional video for this show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrQi0IamgXE

The original stream and the Flying Focus re-edit were both produced by Dan Handelman (of PJW and FFVC).

Streaming made possible by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group and a generous individual.

Part 1 (28:30):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

Part 1:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:15: Introduction with Theresa Mitchell
  3. 3:09: About the book & facts about Guantanamo
  4. 10:07: US policy on torture and imprisonment
  5. 14:58: Using stories to make change
  6. 18:42: Comics, censorship and emotional realities
  7. 21:55: How I got involved
  8. 27:02: End Credits
You can use these times to find a particular section if you want to jump to a certain portion of the show.

Part 2 (28:30):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

Part 2:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:15: History of the book
  3. 3:42: Being on dark ground / details
  4. 7:14: A surreal experience
  5. 8:45: How the book was made
  6. 13:37: My favorite part/
      getting the book to prisoners
  7. 16:32: Conflicting values
  8. 17:59: Can't see the ocean/torture
  9. 20:55: People don't know
  10. 24:04: No plan to shut Guantanamo down
  11. 26:48: Guantanamo in history /
      End Credits

The whole show (VB #119.01&2) is available for a donation of $11 (DVD/VHS) plus $4 postage and is streaming on line at our full shows You Tube channel. Add $3 for a copy on USB flash drive.

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