Mos Def has been filmed being brutally force-fed as part of a campaign against inhumane practices at Guantánamo Bay.
Human rights charity Reprieve has recruited Yasiin Bey – better known as Mos Def – for a powerful video designed to raise awareness about the practice of force-feeding. The four-and-a-half minute clip, directed by BAFTA award-winner Asif Kapadia, sees the rapper voluntarily subject himself to enteral feeding as exercised at Guantánamo. The video – which makes for extremely distressing viewing – sees medical staff insert a tube through Bey’s nose directly into his stomach; when the procedure is initially unsuccessful, Bey is too traumatized to go ahead with a second attempt.
The clip is available to watch below; once again, we’re duty bound to warn you that it’s an harrowing watch. At present, 44 inmates at the Guantánamo Bay camp are being fed against their will, with four inmates currently issuing a legal challenge against the US government for persisting with the practice throughout Ramadan. Further information about the project is available over at Reprieve‘s website. [via The Guardian]