Mos Def in reenacted force-feeding
Actor-rapper joins campaign against highly disputed military procedure

PROCEDURE. Mos Def presents reenactment of force-feeding. Screenshot from YouTube (The Guardian)

MANILA, Philippines – American actor-rapper Yasiin Bey, also known as Mos Def, has volunteered in a filmed reenactment of the highly disputed military procedure to force-feed detainees in Guantanamo Bay.

The four minute-plus film, as seen in this link from The Guardian, was helmed by Bafta awardee Asif Kapadia and released by the human rights advocacy group Reprieve in time for the period of Ramadan.

The film was also released amid an ongoing hunger strike in “Gitmo,” the colloquial reference for this controversial US detention camp and naval base in Cuba.

Yasiin Bey was made to endure about two minutes of this “burning” sensation, as he described this reenacted procedure in which he was held down by his captors in the film who forced a feeding tube into his right nostril. As explained in the film, this operation “typically…takes two hours to complete” and is conducted twice daily.

The film starts off with an introduction that there are 120 detainees on a hunger strike in Guantanamo Bay, of which 44 are being fed against their will. –

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