PRESS RELEASE – The British High Commission in collaboration with the French Embassy, Alliance Française and Greater Caribbean for Life is to hold a film festival and debate to mark the 12th World Day against the Death Penalty on 10 October 2014 at 6pm at the Alliance Française.
The evening will feature 4 short films:
– French short film : Voix pour l’abolition (Galilée – CNDP)
– Video Testimonies from The Hope Victim Support Group
– Adaptation of Untold stories – Am I my Brothers Keeper? By Dale Elliot
– The Caribbean premiere of The Last 40 miles – Based on a true story set in Texas which follows an inmate on his final journey from death row to the execution chamber.
This will be followed by a forum to debate the merits of the death penalty which will be moderated by Resident British Commissioner, Andy Pryce and will include the following
– Alex Hannaford, Journalist and director of The Last 40 Miles
– Leela Ramdeen, Chair of Greater Caribbean for Life, Attorney-at-law and Chair of the
Catholic Commission for Social Justice in Trinidad and Tobago
– Shawn Innocent – Attorney at Law
– David Cox – Lawyer, member of Constitutional Reform Committee
– Dale Elliott – Journalist and producer of Untold Stories
– Earl Bousquet – Journalist and former Government Press Secretary
– Francisca Plummer – Psychotherapist
Since 2003, people all over the world have, on this day, been making clear their opposition to the death penalty as a form of punishment.
For the British and French Governments the death penalty has no place in the modern world: we believe that its use undermines human dignity; there is no conclusive evidence of its deterrent value; and any miscarriage of justice leading to its imposition is irreversible and irreparable.
We invite you along to this evening which we hope will provide a frank and lively debate on the issues surrounding the death penalty. Please respond to [email protected] if you wish to attend.