May 30, 2005


“This Is Camp X-Ray” - The Movie.
Manchester Responds to Injustice with Art

“Sick to the back teeth with all this crap, we don’t just seek to
this bombardment by producing ammunition of our own, but to attack
the system which propagates these messages through whatever
means necessary.” UHC Collective, 2003

This documentary film by Damien Mahoney adds to the debate
around the Guantanamo Bay detention centre and the US and UK’s
continued use of imprisonment without trial.

Jai Redman’s ‘This is Camp X-Ray’ installation became one of the
most critically acclaimed art events of 2003, receiving widespread
international press coverage. The controversial installation - a
meticulous working replica of the original American camp in Cuba:
stood for nine days in Hulme, an inner city suburb of Manchester, UK.
Featuring live prisoners and guards, it ran 24 hours a day and stuck
rigorously to the regime of the actual camp.

The film documents the installation and features in depth interviews
with individuals who took part as guards and prisoners. There is
reaction from local residents and passers by and the film concludes
with an emotional interview with the sisters of Jamal Al-Harith, a
Manchester resident who was released from Guantanamo Bay in
2004 after 3 years of imprisonment without charge.

Hard hitting, thought provoking and affecting, the film is a must-see
for those concerned about the West’s continued corrosion of civil
liberties and interested in the role art can play in political

“One of the most challenging and ambitious art events to have taken
place in recent times.” Manchester’s City Life magazine----------

UHC Collective
- radical art + design

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