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David Morrissey: 'It's about asking people: Are you happy with what's being done in your name?'

13 October 2013 1:32 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The actor discusses his role as one of the narrators in an animated film, Guantánamo Bay: The Hunger Strikes

Actors David Morrissey and Peter Capaldi narrate Guantánamo Bay: The Hunger Strikes using the words of those still held inside. Here, Morrissey talks about his involvement.

Why did you decide to do the film?

I've always been a supporter of Clive Stafford Smith and Reprieve [the organisation Stafford Smith founded in 1999 to provide legal support to prisoners who are unable to pay for it themselves]. I first became aware of Clive after seeing the 1988 film Fourteen Days in May [Paul Hamann's documentary featuring Stafford Smith about a man on death row in the Us], and I got involved with Reprieve about five years ago. He's just a great campaigner for human rights and has been fighting for those on death row for a long time. This animated film about Guantánamo Bay is part of an effort to keep the men who are prisoners there and the hunger strikes that are going on [as a protest against the conditions they are kept in] in our minds and at the forefront of a very packed news agenda.

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