|Nonny de la Peña,Peggy Weil
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“Does the fact that the stories are accessed through a virtual body mean that they are necessarily subjective experiences?”
Nonny de la Peña, Co-Author, to Nieman Storyboard
Guantánamo Bay, Cuba—colloquially known as “Gitmo”—is one of the world’s most famous and controversial prisoner-of-war camps, home to hundreds of detainees from the United States’ “War on Terror.” Following on her 2004 documentary Unconstitutional about Guantánamo, journalist Nonny de la Peña teamed up with artist Peggy Weil to make Gone Gitmo.
The original version of Gone Gitmo, no longer running, was a virtual re-creation of the Guantánamo Bay prison in Second-Life, a popular virtual world platform. In 2013, de la Peña and Weil recreated Gone Gitmo in Unity3D as a first person experience. Gone Gitmo is intended as a tool to raise awareness about the legal and moral no-man’s-land, including clips from de la Peña’s film and transcripts from detainee interrogations. Joe Margulies, who argued Mosul vs. Bush to the Supreme Court said of the piece, “You are involved in creating social memory.”