The Last Battle is a social justice documentary about four Kenyan claimants who are petitioning the British Government for torture.
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About the project We have spent the last year and a half filming with four Kenyan claimants who are petitioning the British Government for torture they experienced in colonial Kenya during the ‘Emergency’ 1952-1960.
We're hoping to create a feature length documentary that offers a platform for the story to be told and for the elderly Kenyan’s to be heard after years of being silenced by their government and mine. We've been working with a small team as Director, Editor and Producer all working for free. We have cut a fine cut of the film in terms of the case so far and we are hoping to film the hearing (externally) that is being heard at The Royal Courts of Justice in April 2011, online in post-production, get the film onto the festival circuit and hopefully broadcast.
The case is not without it’s surrounding debates and disagreements with some claiming the alleged torture did not take place in the detention camps as is claimed by the four elderly Mau Mau test claimants from Kenya. Both sides of the story are apparent within the film so far. We however have heard the testimonies and many American, English and international historians, scholars and legal experts have proved that torture did take place.
We aim to tell the claimants story, those who disagree and to show a fair and balanced portrayal of what happened in Kenya in the 1950s.
How we would use the money raised We are in the very final stages of making the film but would love to shoot the last few days when the claimants return to London (so far we have funded the whole project alone), and the lions share of the money would pay for the costly archive integral to showing the past situation in Kenya.
This is a purely independent endeavour and we think an important one that with a relatively small cash injection can come to fruition.
If you would be interested in helping the project in any other way we'd be extremely open to suggestions of any kind.
More information about the project's background In terms of finding out about the project specifically there isn’t a great deal as yet but to find out about the case you can see further information at the following links:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/25/kenya-colonial-torture-mau-mau http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article6560331.ece http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8043442.stm http://www.leighday.co.uk/news/news-archive/leigh-day-launches-mau-mau-claim
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