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Film Review: The Confession

★★★★☆ For much of The Confession: Living the War on Terror its principle subject, Moazzam Begg - a British man suspected of terrorism, but never convicted of any crime, sits opposite a static camera responding to questions from an unseen interviewer. Smartly dressed, strikingly intelligent, eloquent and articulate, his recollections span twenty-five years of persistent turmoil. Detained in Pakistan, Algeria, Cuba and Britain on suspicion of terrorism and in 2002 confessing membership of Al-Qaeda - under torture, this gripping, unsettling documentary shines a light on these events and exposes sickening miscarriages of justice, scapegoating and abuse of power by western authorities: "I wasn't anti-State, the State was anti-me."

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