AFTER the Nazi PoW camps, this has been one of history’s most controversial detention centres that has incarcerated people — some for over seven years and without trial. Now for the first time the National Geographic channel has secured exclusive permission to do an in-depth film about the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Inside Guantanamo on Sunday at 8 P.M. is a part of the special series titled Obama’s 100 Days In Office. The film takes an unprecedented look at the large number of troopers, the operations and the intelligence officers. But the focus remains on the ‘enemy combatants’ (alleged members of the Al Queda or the Taliban) as they go about their daily tasks. The film features some key individuals who provide context and perspective on how the practices at Guantanamo connect to larger questions of human rights. It also shows the challenge before the Obama administration to close down the centre where initially detainees were not entitled to any protection enshrined by the Geneva Convention. An interesting film that goes deep into this detention camp dubbed the CIA’s Secret Prison.
The Sufi mystique
Muslim extremists dominate the headlines, writer and historian William
Dalrymple takes a look at an altogether different side of Islam. Sufi
Soul - the Mystic Music of Islam on Thursday at 9 P.M. on the Travel
and Lifestyle channel takes explores the world of Sufism, the mystical
music of the 14th century. Not bound by any religion, Sufism is a
philosophy that glorifies every religion as the path to righteousness.
It gives precedence to love for humanity above everything else. Its
energy-charged music sends both the singer and listeners into a
spiritual trance. Internationally, the greatest influence of Sufi music
has been on Iran. It also found acceptance in Turkey, Syria, Morocco and
India. — NF