Rapper Mos Def was left in tears, begging for mercy in a hard-hitting new video as he was given a taste of what hunger-striking detainees at Guantanamo Bay have to allegedly endure as medics force feed them daily to keep them alive. The short film, shot by Asif Kapadia in collaboration with human rights organisation Reprieve and hosted by Britain's The Guardian newspaper, features Def, aka Yasiin Bey, strapped and chained to a chair and protesting as three nurses attempt to force a tube through his nostril.
The hip-hop star and poet squirms and screams, "Please, please, please... Stop, please stop. I can't do it anymore."
He then breaks down in tears when the medics halt the demonstration as the message "In Guantanamo Bay, the full procedure is carried out twice a day. Typically, it takes two hours to complete" appears on screen.
The video, which was shot on 15 June (13) in London, begins with statistics suggesting 44 of the 120 hunger strikers at the detention camp are currently being force fed and Def insists that what he goes through in the film is "standard operating procedure for force feeding detainees".
A traumatised Mos Def says, "I really didn't know what to expect. The first part of it is not that bad, but then you get this burning, I had this burning (sensation) and it just starts to be unbearable. It feels like something's going into my brain and it started to reach the back of my throat and I really, really... couldn't take it."
The Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba was established in January, 2002, to detain people the U.S. Government determined as terrorists who threatened homeland security.
A group of Guantanamo Bay detainees began a hunger strike earlier this year (13) to protest their detention. The U.S. has rejected pleas to stop the force-feeding for the month of Ramadan, which begins on Monday night (08Jul13).
The process has been deemed a form of torture by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
"Hard to watch" doesn't even begin to describe the video of Yasiin Bey (formerly known as rapper Mos Def) being force-fed under standard Guantamo Bay procedure. Directed by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia, the four-minute clip features the sort of highly disturbing images that will keep you awake for nights on end. And perhaps the most distressing part of the film is that it is only a brief glimpse into the horrific reality faced by Gitmo inmates every day. (Note: Please use your discretion in watching the video below, as the images are graphic and upsetting.)
Currently about 120 detainees at Guantanamo Bay are on hunger strike, and of those 120 protesters, 44 are being force-fed, usually twice a day via a torturous procedure that takes about two hours. In collaboration with a human rights organization called Reprieve, Yasiin Bey volunteered to undergo the same procedure and have it documented in order to raise awareness of the brutal abuses at Gitmo.
In the above video, we see the rapper and actor in an orange prison jumpsuit as he is strapped to a chair. He then struggles violently as a team pushes a tube up his nose and uses it to pipe food into his body. Bey does not last for the full feeding, breaking down in tears and begging them to stop after the first round.
"I got this burning," he says in the aftermath of the procedure, "And it starts to get really unbearable. It feels like something is going into my brain and reaches the back of my throat, and I really couldn't take it."
It's safe to say that when Bey signed on to make this movie, he had no idea what he was in for.
Follow Caroline on Twitter @carolinesb | Follow Hollywood.com on Twitter @Hollywood_com
More:Mos Def Nabs 'Dexter' RoleNew 'Dexter' Image With Mos Def Gives Us High HopesMos Def Arrested Afer Video Music Awards
From Our PartnersStars Pose Naked for 'Allure' (Celebuzz)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
Morbid though it may be, we are drawn to tragic figures. The most captivating individuals are the ones who have suffered, who have exemplified controversial and volatile lifestyles. Amy Winehouse, as talented a singer and songwriter as she was, is remembered as a character drenched in tragedy, with her history of substance and alcohol abuse leading ultimately to her untimely death at the age of 27 in 2011. As such, we learn now via The Guardian that Asif Kapadia, a filmmaker in no way unfamiliar with tragic stories, is moving forward with a documentary about Winehouse's life.
Kapadia's most revered work to date is his 2010 doc Senna, a film about the Brazilian Formula 1 racecar driving champion Ayrton Senna, who died during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
But London-born Winehouse is also a subject of intrigue due to her insurmountable talent. The victor of six Grammys and a number of other awards for her musical output, Winehouse's creativity and passion earned her acclaim and fandom for her many years in the spotlight.
Kapadia and his producer James Gay-Rees released the following statement regarding the subject of their forthcoming documentary: "Amy was a once-in-a-generation talent who captured everyone's attention. She wrote and sung from the heart and everyone fell under her spell. But tragically Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and precarious lifestyle."
Follow Michael Arbeiter on Twitter @MichaelArbeiter
More:Ke$ha Shows New Side in Documentary Series 'My Crazy Beautiful Life'Beyonce Will Cover Amy Winehouse on 'The Great Gatsby' SoundtrackFlorence + The Machine's 'Great Gatsby' Track Is as Moody and Sexy as the Book
From Our Partners:Beyonce Flaunts Bikini Bod for H&M (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
The director who stunned the world with his amazing Ayrton Senna documentary will be debuting a new film about Amy Winehouse at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. Filmmaker Asif Kapadia has collected never-before-seen and rare archival footage of the tragic singer for an untitled film and Focus Features International officials will shop the project to foreign buyers at Cannes.
The director tells The Hollywood Reporter, "This is an incredibly modern, emotional and relevant film that has the power to capture the zeitgeist and shine a light on the world we live in in a way that very few films can.
"Amy was a once-in-a-generation talent who captured everyone's attention; she wrote and sung from the heart, and everyone fell under her spell... As a society we celebrated her huge success, but then we were quick to judge her failings when it suited us."
Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in 2011.