Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin Receives CLSNOW Human Rights Award at the Premiere of the Film "I Am Gitmo"

Cinema Libre Studio premiered the film "I Am Gitmo" on May 2, 2024, at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, CA. The evening celebrated the launch of the CLSNOW streaming platform and included the presentation of the CLSNOW Human Rights Award to Minnesota Law Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Honorary King's Counsel, Regents Professor, Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society, and faculty director of the Human Rights Center. 

The theatrical release for "I Am Gitmo" was May 3, having premiered in Beverly Hills and  New York City.

Inspired by true events, “I Am Gitmo” depicts the harrowing ordeal of a Muslim schoolteacher caught in the aftermath of 9/11. Military veteran and Fox Sports broadcaster Mike Hill hosted the evening, featuring the presentation of the CLSNOW Human Rights Award to Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin, former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counterterrorism. Actor Thomas Jane, known for his role as the original Punisher from Marvel Studios, had the honor of presenting the esteemed award to Ní Aoláin, the first UN investigator ever granted access by the US government to Guantanamo Bay Prison. Her subsequent “Technical Visit Report,” published in June 2023, underscores the “ongoing cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment” of the remaining prisoners.

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

Honorary Kings Counsel
Regents Professor
Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society
Faculty Director, Human Rights Center
Professor, Queen's University of  Belfast, School of Law, Northern Ireland