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The Response DVD and Educational Materials
The Response educational package includes a DVD of the 30-minute film and access to educational materials developed by Street Law, Inc.
Shortlisted for a 2010 Academy Award® in the category of Best Live Action Short Film and winner of the 2009 ABA Silver Gavel Award as best of the year in Drama & Literature, the film has been screened by enthusiastic audiences, including the Pentagon, Congress, West Point, the Department of Justice, foreign embassies, universities, and law schools.
The Response gives students a unique opportunity to see the inner workings of the Combatant Status Review Tribunals held at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba from 2004 to 2007. The open-ended film asks viewers to determine how to balance the rights of detainees with national security interests.
The film works as a dynamic constitutional law primer to explore the courts, civics, civil liberties, habeas corpus, and much more. The flexible educational materials help move students from a general understanding of the Combatant Status Review Tribunals to a specific discussion of the issues, ideas, and societal values at stake.
The film and materials can be used in a variety of settings:
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The Response is a 30-minute courtroom drama based on a composite designed from actual transcripts of the Guantánamo Bay military tribunals. In the film three military officers must decide the fate of a foreign detainee. Is he an enemy combatant, guilty of providing support to Al-Qaeda and responsible for the deaths of several American soldiers? Or is he an innocent victim of circumstances?
Starring: Aasif Mandvi | Kate Mulgrew | Peter Riegert
Directed by Adam Rodgers
Written & Produced by Sig Libowitz
Executive Producers: University of Maryland School of Law | Venable LLP
DVD with web-based educational materials
Eighth edition, 2009
First edition, 2004
(paperback book, 242 pages)
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