A nursing home aide from Africa. An actor from Colombia. A U.S. Navy veteran from Chicago and a physician from Guatemala. They have a horrific experience in common: they all have been tortured. Rarely given a voice, they are among the over 500,000 torture survivors who live in the U.S. As they share their powerful stories, we follow them through the dauntingstep of building new lives, careers, and relationships. And despite the continued psychological and physical fallout from their experience, they feel empowered to speak out and become public advocates for an end to torture. Beneath the Blindfold is the first documentary to look at the lifelong impact of torture and to paint a h olistic portrait of the survivors’ experience and path to healing.
“Beneath the Blindfold is a beautiful film with genuine sensitivity and glow… Not to be missed.” – Jerome McDonald, host of Worldview, WBEZ, 91.5 FM, Chicago“Best political documentary of 2012.” - Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
Light refreshments are served.
Following the film: A Q & A with filmmakers Kathy Berger and Ines Sommer and Matilde de la Sierra, a torture survivor featured in the film.
This film showing is a co-presentation with Percolator Films.
2012. 55 min.beneaththeblindfold.com
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