The Response Movie

Response Poster

The Response is a courtroom drama based on the actual transcripts of the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals [officially known as the Combatant Status Review Tribunals]. In the vein of Twelve Angry Men, the film revolves around the tribunal of a suspected enemy combatant and the three military officers who must decide his fate. The 30-minute film, based upon composite characters, was executive produced by the University of Maryland School of Law and Venable LLP, directed by Adam Rodgers, associated produced by Joe Scarry, and written & produced by Sig Libowitz.

The Response was shortlisted for the Academy Awards (one of only ten films selected worldwide in 2010) and named the ABA Silver Gavel Award winner as best of the year in Drama & Literature. This is the American Bar Association’s highest award. Past award winners include Judgment at Nuremberg, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Twelve Angry Men. The film also won the Audience Award at the Politics on Film festival in Washington, D.C., was a Finalist at the USA Film Festival in Dallas, won a Special Jury Prize at the DC Shorts Festival, and was an official selection to seven Academy Award qualifying festivals.

The Response has screened at the Pentagon, the U.S. Congress, West Point, the French Embassy, the U.S. Department of Justice, Columbia Law School, the U.S. Army JAG School, UCLA and Harvard among others. Following the screening at the Pentagon, the writer/producer, Sig Libowitz, was invited by the Department of Defense to travel to Guantanamo to serve as an observer to the continuing Military Commissions.

The Response—for the first time ever—holds a mirror up to the tribunals and allows an audience to see and hear for themselves what took place on Guantanamo. 

Following the screening, Sig Libowitz, Esq., writer-producer-actor of The Response; Julian Mann, Chief Administrative Law Judge, North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings; and Christopher Behan, Professor, Southern Illinois Univ. School of Law will discuss the due process, evidence, and ethical issues raised by the movie. 

For more information about the film, including the trailer, clips, photos, press articles, and bios, please visit the film's website at

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