Magazine article New Internationalist

The Confession

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Confession

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FILM

The Confession (90 minutes) directed by Ashish Ghadiali

This extended detailed interview with Moazzam Begg, one-time prisoner in Islamabad, Kandahar, Bagram, Guantanamo and Belmarsh, focuses almost entirely on the seated Begg's face, arms and hands. There are few illustrative film clips and photographs - here is a man under unyielding scrutiny.

The son of a Birmingham bank manager, he speaks carefully and concisely. His intellectual seriousness and curiosity, especially about Islam and religion, global political conflict and justice, and his independent-mindedness are quickly evident. They have landed him in a lot of trouble, though. At first his carefulness may seem rehearsed, even evasive. He's certainly, since his arrest in 2002, had a lot of time to think.

He makes the point that he's a Birmingham boy: a Muslim, but one that went to a Jewish primary school and is a firm believer in a multicultural Britain. Begg sees the wider context, is increasingly convincing, and is even generous about the US, praising his Guantánamo guards. …

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