The Guantanamo Trap – Debate

Guantanamo Trap, The
Voertaal: Engels

When & where?

dinsdag 27 maart 2012 - 19:00

Debate with director Thomas Wallner, lawyer Geert Jan Knoops and Lars van Troost (Amnesty) chaired by Ruth Oldenziel


The debate will be about the topics in the movie, such as the closure of Guantanamo Bay, the right of alleged terrorists to have a fair trial, and whether the government should be permitted to use torture to acquire important information.

Thomas Wallner is a German filmmaker working in Canada. Wallner co-founded Xenophile Media in 2001 and won a Gemini Award for the TV documentary Beethoven’s Hair. In 2005, he was placed on the USA’s terrorist watch list because he refused to cooperate with a mandatory retinal scan on a trip to that country. The incident inspired him to make The Guantanamo Trap.


Criminal defence lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops wrote an advisory report for the American government on the closure of Guantánamo Bay. The detainment facility for suspected terrorist on the American navy base on Cuba has existed for ten years now. When Barack Obama took office in 2009 as president of the United States, he said he would close the prison within a year. Geert-Jan Knoops defended one of the detainees at Guantánamo Bay.


Lars van Troost works for Amnesty International Netherlands as head of Political Affairs and Press Information. He and a team of specialists are responsible for Amnesty Netherlands’ media communications and public relations, political lobbying and contacts with society. He is also Amnesty Netherlands’ criminal court specialist.


Ruth Oldenziel is an Americanologist and regularly serves as a commentator on American issues for Dutch radio, TV and print media. She is a professor of American-European history of technology at Eindhoven University. After studying at the University of Amsterdam, she went on to spend over 10 years living, studying and lecturing in the United States, where she received her PhD in American History from Yale University. She has been a fellow at Hagley Museum in Delaware and a senior fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.