Silence, Guantanamo, Massive Attack and Damon Albarn
You may wonder what the four terms “Silence, Guantanamo, Massive Attack and Damon Albarn” have to do with each other. I was wondering myself as well. I stumbled upon the video of Massive Attack’s “Saturday Come Slow” at slamxhype. The song itself is great. The vocals are from Damon Albarn, the man behind Blur, Gorillaz and The Good, the Bad & the Queen.
But not enough, the video features an interview with Ruhal Ahmed. Ruhal was a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, he was repeatedly questioned by military staff at the Cuban base and was tortured with loud music for over two and a half hours.
“This short film by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin – one of a number made to accompany the new Massive Attack album Heligoland, and featuring the track Saturday Comes Slow – is a meditation on Ruhal Ahmed’s experience in Guantanemo.” (via slamxhype)
The movie was recorded at the Cambridge University’s Department of Engineering, in a room called the Anechoic Chamber – a room designed to create total silence.
I like the visuals, the sound and the topic is very interesting. An incredible creative combination.