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Tackling Torture Video Contest's blog


http://tacklingtorturevideocontest.webs.com/

Are you a film-maker and an anti-torture activist? If so, then this video contest will be of interest to you. The Tackling Torture Video Contest, launched in Minneapolis on June 30 by Tackling Torture at the Top, a committee of WAMM (Women Against Military Madness), is open to both amateur and professional filmmakers.
The deadline for entries is January 9, 2014. For full details see here — and see here for the home page.
Videos can be anything from 30 seconds to 5 minutes in duration. The contest is open to any citizen of any nation, but all videos must be in English or have full translations of all sound and text into English as part of the videos themselves.
There are four prizes in the competition: a $500 jury prize in the “serious” category; a $500 jury prize in the “humorous/satirical” category; and two $300 Audience Favorite prizes, one for “serious” and one for “humorous/satirical.”
After the deadline, 20 finalists will be announced. The selection will be made by members of Tackling Torture and the Top and WAMM. At this point the videos will be made available for audience voting, and the competition’s five judges will also view the films and make their decisions. Judging will be competed by January 30, 2014, and the winners will be announced on February 7, 2014, on the 12th anniversary of George W. Bush’s notorious memo authorizing the use of torture by declaring that the Geneva Conventions did not apply to prisoners seized in the “war on terror.”
The judges for the competition are:

This is how the organizers describe the contest:
Despite US and international law prohibiting the use of torture, the US has used torture, often euphemistically called “enhanced interrogation techniques,” in its so-called “War on Terror.” Despite the law, despite documented proof that such efforts produce inadmissible evidence, false information and false confessions, and despite the blowback of such efforts, the US continues to shield the lawbreakers –both those who committed and those who authorized torture — by “looking forward, not backward,” and there is evidence that such techniques continue to be used and falsely justified.
Through TV shows like “24” and Hollywood films like the commercially successful “Zero Dark Thirty” and the new documentary “Manhunt,” the US’s use of torture is presented as viable, and even necessary to our country’s security. Unfortunately, a majority of the under-informed and misinformed public now thinks that torture is necessary and useful.
Tackling Torture at the Top, through this contest, hopes to produce entertaining and informative videos that contradict this harmful and inhumane view, educate the public, raise questions about the direction of our foreign policy and our use of the military, and by so doing, give the public the awareness and courage to rein in our country’s out of control security apparatus.

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The Tackling Torture Video Contest Finalists announced — JURY AND AUDIENCE VOTING BEGINS

The Tackling Torture Video Contest has chosen eight finalists for its first competition. The five Serious video finalists and three Satirical finalists are posted for public viewing at youtube.com in the Tackling Torture Video Contest channel (http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqhCP_wOpPVF0umlss49MkQ). The seriousness of the topic has attracted filmmakers of all ages from around the world: Canada, Indonesia, Germany, Australia and the USA.

 

Four prizes will be awarded. $500 Jury Prizes will be awarded by a jury of five distinguished filmmakers, activists and historians, Sebastion Doggart, Joseph Jolton, Peter Kuznick, Alfred McCoy and Andy Worthington, in each of the two categories. $300 Audience Prizes, chosen through public voting, will also be awarded in each of the two categories. The public is welcome to vote until January 30, 2014 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TNBWLTY. Winner will be announced February 7, 2014 in an event to be scheduled in Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota (details TBA).

 

Through this contest, Tackling Torture at the Top, a committee of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM, www.worldwidewamm.org), hopes to produce entertaining and informative videos that contradict the harmful and inhumane view that torture works and is in any way justifiable, to educate the public, and to raise questions about the direction of our foreign policy and our use of the military, and by so doing, give the public the awareness and courage to rein in our country’s out of control security apparatus. For more information about the contest go to http://tacklingtorturevideocontest.webs.com/. Links to treaties and other documentation are found at the “Background Links” link at the top (http://tacklingtorturevideocontest.webs.com/background-links).

 

Tackling Torture At The Top meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 10:00am in the WAMM offices at 4200 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN. Meetings are open to the public.

 

For more information contact

Tom Dickinson or Coleen Rowley (tacklingtorturevideo@fastmail.fm)

Co-Managers, Tackling Torture Video Contest

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