Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Face-to-Face Event - "standing face-to-face with torturers"

Face To Face: Confronting The Torturers

Face to Face: Confronting the Torturers, an evening of readings from around the world underscoring the importance of confronting those who have authorized and carried out torture. The event will feature readings from documentary and imaginative literature from around the world depicting people standing face-to-face with their torturers, both literally and figuratively.

Readings by Aasif Mandvi of The Daily Show, Alina Bronsky, Rodrigo Fresán, Mohsin Hamid, Aleksandar Hemon, Randa Jarrar, Irakli Kakabadze, Elias Khoury, valter hugo mãe, Sofi Oksanen, Peter Schneider and special guests.

With remarks by Jameel Jaffer, Director of the ACLU Center for Democracy, and Larry Siems, Director of Freedom to Write and International Programs at PEN American Center

Thursday, April 29
9:30 p.m. EDT

Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY

$15/$10 for ACLU/PEN members and students with a valid ID. Tickets are available through www.joespub.com or (212) 967-7555, or at the door
Press tickets available by contacting (212) 549-2689 or media@aclu.org

"The discovery of a subterranean CIA dungeon in a former riding academy in Lithuania, the flight records of thousands of secret U.S. rendition flights, the testimonies of a growing number of released detainees describing their abuse in American custody—as the evidence around the globe mounts that the United States tortured hundreds of captives in the “War on Terror,” people of conscience everywhere are watching to see if those who ordered and carried out the abuse will be held accountable.

Many of those watching are in countries that have successfully confronted their own legacies of torture and human rights abuses. Join us for an evening of readings from documentary and imaginative literature from around the world in which people have stood face to face with their torturers."