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ACLU Film Chosen for World Premiere of 10th Media That Matters Collection

"Justice Denied: Voices From Guantánamo" Screens June 2 In New York


"Justice Denied: Voices from Guantanamo," a
film by the American Civil Liberties Union, will be screened in New
York on June 2 during the world premiere of the 10th annual Media That
Matters film festival. The film is one of 12 inspiring new short films
selected for the festival.

"Justice Denied" features former
detainees who were held by the U.S. in Afghanistan and Guantanamo for
years without charge or trial and without any meaningful opportunity to
challenge their detention. The men in this film share their stories of
being captured, abused and held - some for as long as five years -
before being released without any explanation, criminal charge or

Each year, Media that Matters
presents a new collection of shorts that are diverse in style and
content and include documentaries, music videos, animations and
experimental work.

"We're honored to be a part of the
Media that Matters collection and the important work of engaging
communities and inspiring them to take action," said Ateqah Khaki,
communications strategist for the ACLU and co-producer of the film.
"'Justice Denied' was our way of sharing the voices of some of the
countless individuals who have been locked up and abused in the
so-called 'war on terror' without being told why and without any chance
to defend themselves. We hope that making their stories known will help
prevent tragedies like this from happening again."

Ateqah Khaki will
be at the screening on June 2 and available to speak with members of
the media.

World premiere of the 10th annual
Media that Matters film collection, featuring the ACLU film "Justice
Denied: Voices from Guantanamo"

Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Doors at 6:00 p.m./Screening at 7:00
p.m. EDT

School of Visual Arts
Visual Arts Theatre
333 West 23rd Street
New York, NY

Tickets available at:

More about the film is available
online at:

The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

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