Ghosts: exposing Canadian complicity in torture
Filmmakers tell the story of three Canadian men tortured in Syria and Egypt
Uploaded: 16 Mar, 2010
Recording Date: 14 Mar, 2010
Recording Location: MTL
Topical for: 6 Months
Status: Complete, Ready to Air
Program Title: Ghosts: exposing Canadian complicity in torture
Description: In October 2008, a federal inquiry reported that Canadian officials had contributed 'indirectly' to the detention and torture of three Arab-Canadian men.
Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad El Maati and Muyyed Nureddin were imprisoned and tortured in Syria (and in one case, Egypt) before they were released without charge.
Former Supreme Court justice Frank Iaccobucci found that the RCMP in one instance told Syrian authorities that El Maati was "linked through association to al-Qaeda." All three men have denied any connection with the terrorist group.
Iaccobucci also found that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) provided "clarification questions" to Syrian authorities, who later used them to interrogate El Maati.
These stories recall the case of Abousfian Abdelrazik, a Montreal man who was imprisoned and tortured in Sudan with the complicity of Canadian officials, a practice that critics have described as "outsourcing torture."
Filmmakers from Ramz Media Productions -- who are based in Montreal and the city of Bergen, Norway -- followed the cases of Almalki, El Maati and Nureddin for more than a year.
Their feature documentary, entitled Ghosts, will premiere at the Montreal Human Rights Film Festival on March 18 (Cinema du Parc, 7PM) before screening at Cinema Politica on March 22 (Room H-110, 1455 de Maisonneuve Ouest, Concordia University, 7:30PM)
I spoke to two producers from Ramz Media Productions about the making of the film, the stories of the three men, and the human costs of the so-called "war on terror."
Host(s): David Koch
Featured Speakers/Guests: Astrid Schau-Larsen and Morvary Samare
Credits: includes music by dead prez, invincible and squarepusher. produced by d. koch
NewsType: News Reports