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.
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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
Speakers include: 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 PREMIER 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
Worcester – TBC
Horizon (City Center Community Centre), Worcester Community Trust
Midland Road, Worcester WR5 1DS
Bradford – TBC
Cardiff – 2nd July TBC