The Road to Guantanamo

The Road to Guantanamo

(2007)
Part documentary, part dramatization, Michael Winterbottom’s latest is a first-hand account of three British citizens who were held for two years without charges in infamous American military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

In 2001 four Pakistani Britons travel to Pakistan for a wedding and, in a urge of idealism, decide to see the situation of war torn Afghanistan. It’s there they are captured and transported to Guantanamo Bay. For three years they are subject to imprisonment, interrogations and torture – as the US military try to make them “confess” to being terrorists.

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  • BBC

    Winterbottom and Whitecross also use actual news reports, successfully blurring the line between fact and fiction still further. After the protagonists' troubles start, the story becomes more repetitive and less clear, which is probably why a narrator is suddenly introduced towards the end of proceedings. Still, if you accept the fact that Guantánamo isn't a film seeking to address wider political issues, this is one Road movie you really should see... Full Review

  • By inviting us to take on trust the Tipton Three's accounts of what they were doing in Afghanistan, Guantánamo falls into a familiar trap of agitprop filmmaking - turning the victim into a hero. The movie gives us no particular reason to believe that they were up to anything nefarious - or that they weren't... Full Review

  • A film that must be seen to understand the sad truths of our times. It's been made with a sensitivity and creativity that's come to exemplify Winterbottom's work... Full Review

  • While far from a great movie, nonetheless effectively dramatizes a position that has been argued, by principled commentators on the left and the right, for several years now: that the abuse of prisoners, innocent or not, is not only repugnant in its own right... Full Review

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