Extradition is a film that explores the injustices of the Extradition Act 2003 through the suffering of two individuals and their families. The act stipulates that any British Citizen can be extradited to the US without their government even providing prima facie evidence. Babar Ahmad and Talha Ahsan have been detained for eight and six years respectively, both without trial. In all this time they have had no charges levelled against them, seen none of the evidence or even been questioned by British or American police. Yet they remain imprisoned.
The documentary showcases the hypocrisy and one-sidedness of the Act but also shows the human suffering of the two men and their families.
The film, directed by Turab Shah, features interviews with Gareth Peirce, Talha’s Brother Hamja Ahsan, playwright Avaes Mohammad, the fathers of Babar and Talha, framed by Talha’s prison poetry.
The fate of these men is now in an appeal at the European Court of Human Rights, who will make the decision on the validity of their extradition by July 10, 2012.
The film tour the UK in June and July 2012 with a speakers and poetry tour. To arrange a screening – please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Confirmed Tour Dates
17th June: Brighton
Under the Bridge Studios
Chaired by Jackie Chase. Followed by Q & A with film director Turab Shah and playwright and activist Akkas Al-Ali who is a friend of Talha’s from their time at SOAS. Akkas will be reading Talhas new collection of prison poetry.
21st June: Birmingham
The Hubb, 9a Stoney Lane, Stratford Road, Sparkbrook, B12 8DS
With Phil Shiner, Fahad Ansari, Moazzam Begg, Salma Yaqoob, and Avaes Mohammad.
21st June: Manchester
Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS
6.40 refreshments, 7 pm start
Pete Weatherby QC
Hamja Ahsan (brother of Talha Ahsan)
Peter Kalu (playwright and poet)
Akiel Chinelo (spoken word poet)
Gerald Kaufman MP
Tariq Mehmood (Writer)
22nd June – LONDON PREMIERE OF EXTRADITION FILM
Hend House / Zakat House
233 Shaftesbury Avenue
London WC2H 8EE
020 7845 7602
Nearest Tube : Tottenham Court Road
25th June – Edinburgh
6:30pm to 7:45pm
Macdonald Rd Library,
Edinburgh, EH7 4LU
27th June – Glasgow
Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow G2 3JD
With Aamer Anwar (Human rights lawyer), Hamja Ahsan (Talha’s brother), Richard Haley (SACC).
Organised by SACC
28th June – Nottingham
E127, Portland Building, University Campus, Nottingham University, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
Rizwaan Sabir, doctoral researcher, Bath University
Hamja Ahsan, artist, (brother of Talha Ahsan)
Hicham Yezza, editor-in-chief, Ceasefire Magazine
Organised by: Nottingham Student Peace Movement, Ceasefire and the Free Talha Ahsan Campaign.
30th June – London
Centre for Possible Studies, 21 Gloucester Place, London, W1U 8HR
Free Cinema School Screening
Direct Speech Acts: Solidarities
Join artists in residence, Implicated Theatre, members of the Anti-Raids network, and Arts Against Extradition to view films and performances exploring the ways in which artists and campaigns that support people facing issues such as long term imprisonment, extradition and detention. The evening includes a screening of the film, Extradition and a performance elaborating the rights of migrants facing detention and street raids and the actions that can be taken in solidarity with them. Direct Speech Acts is part of the Free Cinema School programme at the Centre for Possible Studies. Initiated by artists no.w.here, it is an ongoing investigation of the relationship between political speech and action in which migrant and non-migrant people come together to develop projects and structures of support through theatre and cinema.
2nd July – Cardiff
Shandon Lecture Theatre, Main Building, Cardiff University, CF10 3AT
Organised by Cardiff Stop the War
07940108146 / email@example.com
4th July – Newcastle
Worcester – TBC
Horizon (City Center Community Centre), Worcester Community Trust
Midland Road, Worcester WR5 1DS
Bradford – TBC