2nd Annual 
Tackling Torture
Video Contest


Submission deadline:

MARCH 1, 2015
Sebastian Doggart, filmmaker American Faust:From Condi to Neo-Condi, 2014, tentative 2015)
Professor Alfred McCoy, Univ. of Wisconsin (2014 contest, tentative 2015 contest)
Professor Peter Kuznick, American University (2014, tentative 2015)
Andy Worthington, investigative journalist, (2014, 2015)
Joseph Jolton, filmmaker, game developer, faculty Minneapolis College of Design and The Blake School (2014, 2015)


(four prizes total)
$500 Jury Prizes

in Serious and Satirical Categories

$300 Audience Favorite Prizes
in the same two categories (see Rules)

Three presentation events: 

Sunday April 19, 2015, 3-5pm: WAMM Function Room, Minneapolis, Minnesota

4200 Cedar Ave South, Minneapolis, MN, info: (612) 827-5364

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm: Pax-Conversational Salon , St Paul, Minnesota

943 West Seventh St, St Paul, MN, info: (651) 227-3228

April 2015 date and venue TBA: University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota

with guest speakers from the law school and Center for Victims of Torture

Tackling Torture at the Top (T3), a committee of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) announces a video contest on the subject of torture and torture accountability.  (See Contest Rules for rules, deadlines and prizes.)

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 inadmissable 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. 

Extended solitary confinement is recognized as torture.  It is used extensively in U.S. prisons.  For more about the connection between the U.S. prison-industrial complex and torture read this short article by T3 member, Sara Olson.

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 mis
informed 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.


A video that fits the criteria: