Calendar: The Mauritanian: A Fight for Justice

February 18, 2021

11:00 PDT

Academy award winner Kevin Macdonald on new film, true story inspiration and state of Guantanamo.

Academy award-winning director Kevin Macdonald will be in conversation with ACLU SoCal senior staff attorney Mohammad Tajsar whose work primarily focuses on national security law and counterterrorism policy, to discuss his new film The Mauritanian.

The film is based on the New York times best-selling memoir Guantanamo Diary and true story of a man imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government in Guantanamo Bay, for 14 years.

Kevin Macdonald is an Academy award-winning director widely acclaimed for One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void, Life in a Day, and many more.

Attendees will have access to an exclusive preview of the film.


Directed by Kevin Macdonald and based on the NY Times best-selling memoir “Guantánamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, The Mauritanian reveals the inspiring true story of Slahi’s fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years.

Alone and afraid, Slahi (Tahar Rahim) finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) who battle the U.S. government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client at every turn.

Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by a formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), uncovers shocking truths and ultimately proves that the human spirit cannot be locked up.

This event is in partnership with the ACLU of Southern California – the US’ premier defender of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

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Event Location

Online - Zoom

Event Fees



All Ages