Polly Nash

Polly Nash's most recent research project is a collaboration with writer and journalist Andy Worthington. 'Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo' is a new documentary film telling the story of Guantánamo (and including sections on extraordinary rendition and secret prisons) with a particular focus on how the Bush administration turned its back on domestic and international laws, how prisoners were rounded up in Afghanistan and Pakistan without adequate screening (and often for bounty payments), and why some of these men may have been in Afghanistan or Pakistan for reasons unconnected with militancy or terrorism (as missionaries or humanitarian aid workers, for example).

The film is based around interviews with former prisoners (Moazzam Begg and, in his first major interview, Omar Deghayes, who was released in December 2007), lawyers for the prisoners (Clive Stafford Smith in the UK and Tom Wilner in the US), and journalist and author Andy Worthington, and also includes appearances from Guantánamo's former Muslim chaplain James Yee, a London-based imam Shakeel Begg, and the British human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce.


Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo

2009, 75:00 minutes, Colour, English