Torture survivors seek apology | VIDEO

Via Lynn Hasselberger
on Mar 1, 2011
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Jemma Gander has spent the last year and a half filming The Last Battle with four Kenyan claimants who are petitioning the British Government for torture they experienced in colonial Kenya during the ‘Emergency’ 1952-1960.

Help Jemma finish this film — even $5 helps!

About the filmmaker.

Based in London, UK, Jemma has a keen interest in social issue documentary making; she loves nothing more than traveling to new places and meeting new people with her camera.

Jemma has made two short films in West Africa in the past which have received critical acclaim at International festivals but The Last Battle is her first venture into making a feature length film.

Jemma freelances as an Assistant Producer for major broadcasters such as Channel 4, BBC and Sky One.

What motivated you to make this film?
I read about the case in a magazine back in 2009 and was touched by the stories of the then five claimants told of the abuse they experienced at the hands of my forefathers. I felt compelled to tell their story when they were being silenced by the rest of the world.
What do you hope to accomplish with this film?
I would love for the film to be broadcast as it would reach a wider and more diverse audience. The purpose of the film is to give a platform for these elderly men and women to tell their story before it’s too late, whether this is at festivals, on TV or specially organized screenings.
Do you have any other projects on the horizon?
Currently this is my only project as I work on it with only one other person (who has been fantastic!) and thus I don’t have much spare time. I will definitely be working on another project once I have done all I can with this one though. I work as a Freelance Assistant Producer in TV which keeps me busy–if not always employed and never wealthy!

More about The Last Battle.

Jemma’s goal is 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 hers. She’s been working with a small team as Director, Editor and Producer–all working for free. They have cut a fine cut of the film of the case so far. Jemma hopes to film the April 2011 hearing at The Royal Courts of Justice and get the documentary 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. Jemma has, however, heard the testimonies: many American, English and international historians, scholars and legal experts have proved that torture did take place.

The film aims 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 you can help.

  1. Pledge just $15 and receive a credit at the end of the film. Go to
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About Lynn Hasselberger

Lynn Hasselberger is co-founder of GDGD Radio; The Green Divas Managing Editor; and Producer of The Green Divas Radio Show. She's also a mom, writer and award-winning cat-herder who lives in Chicagoland. Sunrises, running, yoga, lead-free chocolate and comedy are just a few of her fave things. In her rare moments of spare time, she blogs at and A treehugger and social media addict, you'll most likely find Lynn on twitter (@LynnHasselbrgr @GreenDivaLynn & @myEARTH360), instagram and facebook. She hopes to make the world a better place, have more fun, re-develop her math skills and overcome her fear of public speaking. Like her writing? Subscribe to her posts.


3 Responses to “Torture survivors seek apology | VIDEO”

  1. Eric says:

    "This is what comes of empire-building." ~Harry Harbourd Morant

  2. Rebecca says:

    What is in an apology? Why can't they just apologize?

  3. TamingAuthor says:

    In Taming the Wolf I take up some of these issues, and then point to other works that take them up in greater detail.

    In his small but excellent volume Faith-Based Reconciliation, the Rev. Brian Cox, who works with the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy resolving conflicts around the globe, lays out the need for healing historical wounds. It is not simply an apology that is needed, though that plays a central role. Brian choreographs a reconciliation seminar in which healing can take place — for example, he has run such sessions with Hindus and Muslims in the Kashmir when they had to move beyond the mutual taking of life between the groups.

    Also worth a look is John Paul Lederach's book The Moral Imagination. In the book he talks about the healing ceremonies that took place in Ireland. (And he speaks to conflict resolution in Africa.)

    The Truth and Reconciliation hearings in South Africa stand as an exemplary model of apology, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

    Another resource you may wish to consider is Immaculee Ilibagiza. I had the privilege to spend time over a breakfast talking with her… she is a very holy and inspired person who has lived forgiveness in ways most of us cannot even imagine. Her book Left to Tell explains how she survived in Rwanda, though her family did not. Worth reading.