Meeting Slimane, 2003

TV broadcast - DR2


Meeting Slimane is a project that grew out from an other project Mapping Gellerup in 1999-2000 where we made interviews with people being representatives for a community or a group of people in Gellerup outside Aarhus - DK. It was in a Muslim society in Gellerup we met Slimane in the local bazar. We were looking for someone to explain about Islam for our art project Mapping Gellerup. Some years later - we acknowledged that Slimane was held imprisoned in the American prisoner’s camp at Guantanamo on Cuba.

The Danish ministry of foreign affairs did not want to have Slimanes identity known to the Danish public - due to an agreement with U.S.A with whom Denmark participated in the war in Iraq.

It was known to all Danish news media, that we were having this interview with Slimane. Several journalists warned us that the ministry of foreign affairs most likely was about to contact us in order to confiscate the tape. For a week we stayed underground.

We had promised Slimane and other participating in the video library project in Mapping Gellerup, that the interviews were not going to be cut up in small statements and quotes in the media. We wanted to keep that promise.

We ended up broadcasting the interview with Slimane on the Danish DR2 channel in its full length followed up by half an hour of discussions with national politicians.



Associated Press -  Udland    13-03-03 14:56:00

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United States in Guantanamo Bay said in an interview before

he left Denmark that Muslims can wage war if they're


 In a 27-minute interview to be broadcast Thursday night on

Denmark's DR2 channel, Slimane Hadj Abderrahmane, said a

Muslim «should be good to everyone, children, women,

elderly, Muslims and non-Muslims, everyone who deserves


 But he said it is «totally different» for those who

don't deserve it, including Saddam Hussein and former

Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

 «The only moment Muslims can go to war is when someone

attacks them,» Abderrahmane said in the interview

videotaped in April 2000 by two art students in Aarhus, 200

kilometers (124 miles) northwest of the capital,


 The students, Nikolaj Kilsmark and Nynne Haugaard, were

making a video about immigrants and picked the 29-year-old

Abderrahmane, whose mother is Danish and father Algerian,

because he spoke Danish well.

 A few months later, Abderrahmane left Denmark for Algeria.

From there, he's believed to have gone to Afghanistan.

 «First one must try to solve the problem diplomatically

and ... what should I say ... articulately. If it cannot be

solved, then one has to defend oneself because Islam says

so,» Abderrahmane said quietly. «You just can't turn the

other cheek.»

 When Denmark said in January 2002 that a Dane was arrested

in Afghanistan, Kilsmark and Haugaard, who edited the

footage to 27 minutes, didn't know it was Abderrahmane.

 Both the Danish government and U.S. authorities have

refused to identify the man and haven't made public details

of his arrest.

 Approximately 650 men from 43 countries are being held at

the U.S. naval base in eastern Cuba. All are accused of

links to the al-Qaida terrorist network or Afghanistan's

fallen Taliban regime.