Move over Love Actually and Die Hard, here are five films from Fair Trials to watch over the festive season!

The Mauritanian: Interview with Mohamedou Ould Slahi and Nancy Hollander

Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster had the honour of portraying defence lawyer, Fair Trials America trustee and all-round legend Nancy Hollander in The Mauritanian, released earlier this year. The film told the story of how Nancy secured the release of Mohamedou Ould Salahi, who was imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years without ever being charged with a crime. In this interview for Fair Trials, Nancy and Mohamedou talked about their friendship, what it was like seeing their story depicted on screen, and why there needs to be due process for all of the people still being held in Guantanamo Bay.

System Error: How INTERPOL's most wanted list is being abused 

The New York Times described Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson's performance in the Netflix blockbuster Red Notice as, "dead-eyed, as if his soul has been sapped by the corporate overlords who roll out mediocrity after mediocrity with his name on the marquee". Ouch. Thankfully, such words would never be used to describe Fair Trials' Legal Director and Red Notice aficionado, Bruno Min, who in this Vice News documentary explains how INTERPOL's most wanted list is being abused by authoritarian regimes.

Plea bargaining and mass incarceration

Right now, over 2.3 million people are being held in America's prisons - the highest rate of incarceration in any country in the world. In the first of three films on plea bargaining, Fair Trials' Legal Director Rebecca Shaeffer and Premal Dharia of the Institute to End Mass Incarceration look at how plea bargaining has become both a facilitator and driver of mass incarceration. Want more on plea bargaining? The other films in this series look at plea bargaining in relation to police accountability and racial justice.

What does the police hack of messaging service EncroChat mean for criminal prosecutions?

In 2020, a Europe-wide police operation was able to covertly access and monitor a hundred million encrypted messages sent through EncroChat. It represents one of the largest law enforcement infiltrations of a communications network ever. Renowned investigative journalist and expert witness in EncroChat cases, Duncan Campbell, spoke to Fair Trials' Griff Ferris about the EncroChat hack, criminal investigation and the prosecutions that followed.

Fiqiri's story: Forced into giving up his right to a trial

We heard about Fiqiri's case through our work looking at how trial waiver systems are increasingly being used across Europe. Fiqiri told us about how he was pressurised into pleading guilty to something that turned out not to be a crime. His story not only highlights the threat to a fair trial caused by trial waivers but also the discrimination that Roma face. As he says: "The prisons are full of poor people like us." 

Season's greetings from all at Fair Trials! 

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