The Road to Guantanamo (2006)

The Road to Guantanamo
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Directors: Michael Winterbottom, Mat Whitecross
Actors: Riz Ahmed, Farhad Harun, Waqar Siddiqui, Afran Usman, Shahid Iqbal, Sher Khan, Jason Salkey, Jacob Gaffney, Mark Holden, Duane Henry, William Meredith, Payman Bina, Adam James, Ian Hughes, James Buller

In 2001, four Pakistani Britons, Ruhal Ahmed, Asif Iqbal and Shafiq Rasul and another friend, Monir, travel to Pakistan for a wedding and in a urge of idealism, decide to see the situation of war torn Afganistan which is being bombed by the American forces in retaliation for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Once there, with the loss of Monir in the wartime chaos, they are captured by Northern Alliance fighters. They are then handed them over the American forces who transport them to the prison camps at the Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba. What follows is three years of relentless imprisonment, interrogations and torture to make them submit to blatantly wrong confessions to being terrorists. In the midst of this abuse, the three struggle to keep their spirits up in that face of this grave injustice.

Status: QuickPick
Run time: 95mins
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Member Reviews (24)

I wouldn't have believed this if solid evidence hadn't been uncovered that supports some of the claims. What exactly happened to the men may not be exact, but the scenarios presented are similar to some that have been proven. Different format to the usual for documentaries so it certainly personalised some of the details.
Posted Wednesday, 24 April 2013 See my other reviews
Very well made and compelling viewing - more like a conventional movie than a documentary. Even if only a small amount of this is true then it is very shocking and disturbing and the story has to be told.
Posted Thursday, 17 January 2013 See my other reviews
Their version of what happened to them! I didn't find it convincing! Don't bother with it!
Posted Sunday, 5 February 2012 See my other reviews
Road to Guatanamo gives an insight into what it might be like to be a young muslim growing up in the present time. The film shows a raw perception of the treatment of muslims in both Afghanistan and the US. In particular the US is painted in a horribly revealing light in regards to their inhumane treatment of prisoners at Guatanamo Bay. A wake up call. This film will make you think long and hard about government cover ups... Check out the US trailer too
Posted Thursday, 28 October 2010 See my other reviews
Paulo S.
This film just shows us how tragic our society is to allow this kind of thing to go on. Everyone should watch this film.
Posted Monday, 1 December 2008 See my other reviews
Bronwyn R.
Very well acted and very realistic re-enactment of the plight of British Pakistani friends who accidentally ended up captured by the US Marines in Afghanistan during the aftermath of 9/11. Obviously the US Marines and Guantanamo Bay are a law unto themselves - they can do whatever they like, which includes treating prisoners (yet to be convicted) far worse than you would treat any animal. These innocent men, whose names were cleared, were subjected to brutal, barbaric, sub-human treatment - it's a wonder they survived mentally
Posted Friday, 3 October 2008 See my other reviews
Wayne W.
Made more like a movie than a documentary and surpisingly easy watching. Very much the style of "Touching the Void" with actors playing out the story while the real people provide "asides" at various points in the movie. Very interesting, relatively non judgemental on both sides basically just trying to tell the story of a handful of Brit boys whose "good idea at the time" was caught up by a country in chaos.
Posted Tuesday, 26 August 2008 See my other reviews
RUncle Ron
An interesting documentary with archival film and re-enactments by some of the actual people involved. Arguably the most interesting aspect of the doco are the graphic displays of the methods used by US Army interrogators. You read about them, but cannot realize the level of inhumanity until seeing it portrayed on film. In an archival clip, Donald Rumsfeld the then US Secretary of Defence it all up when, responding to allegations of inhuman treatment, he says ... " .. the fact remains that treatment is proper, and there is no doubt in my mind that it is humane and appropriate, and consistent with the Geneva Convention - for the most part "..
Posted Tuesday, 1 July 2008 See my other reviews
What is it with critics? Totally overrated.
Posted Monday, 26 May 2008 See my other reviews
Matt T.
regardless of your views about the war, & whether or not these were a group of silly, immature boys on a holiday jaunt (or something more sinister) this docco makes compelling viewing.
Posted Wednesday, 23 April 2008 See my other reviews
Kevin B.
An important movie. There will be many who approve and feel their pulse quicken in agreement with the methods of the Coalition.But all that has happened is we as a civilization have been morally diminished and are as grubby as the so-called enemy. You can only wonder why there are so many quite unintelligent humans attracted to the military. I can only say this having spent 8 years playing that role myself.
Posted Tuesday, 12 February 2008 See my other reviews
Jason M.
Posted Wednesday, 30 January 2008 See my other reviews
John A.
Harrowing re-enacted documentary. Hard to be upbeat about the future in the light of this shocking spectacle of misbehaviour masquerading as security.
Posted Monday, 21 January 2008 See my other reviews
John S.
You would have little reason to dispute the facts. The pentagon would have said round em up, ship 'em out and get confessions.
Posted Monday, 21 January 2008 See my other reviews
Brian M.
Unbelievable but true. An exhausting experience about the terrible injustices suffered by these guys who were extremely naive and just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Posted Wednesday, 12 December 2007 See my other reviews
Anne G.
Posted Monday, 10 December 2007 See my other reviews
Excellent docudrama from Michael Winterbottom. The movie tells the story of the 'Tipton three", four young British Muslims who travel to Pakistan for the arranged marriage of one of them. When they become caught up in Muslim fervour to help the Afghani people they travel to Afghanistan and are captured by the Northern Alliance and incarcerated at Camp X-Ray and later at Camp Delta in Cuba. They are held without charge for three years and subject to inhumane and brutal treatment by their American captors. The movie doesnt attempt to whitewash their characters or decide their innocence, what it does do is offer a scathing indictment of their treatment by a supposedly legitimate regime. We have seen and heard enough in the news to know that the torture detailed is probably true and that is the crux of the story. The young non actors who play the three are really good and the complete disregard for the inmates of the camp is brutally shown. At least the British government finally had the guts to insist they were sent back to the UK.
Posted Thursday, 18 October 2007 See my other reviews
Jane A.
Posted Thursday, 4 October 2007 See my other reviews
Michele G.
What an eye opener.
Posted Wednesday, 19 September 2007 See my other reviews
Alison M.
Posted Wednesday, 8 August 2007 See my other reviews
Aderito P.
Posted Monday, 30 July 2007 See my other reviews
Maria C.
Posted Monday, 23 July 2007 See my other reviews
Maureen S.
Intersting documentary. Sad how human rights don't matter, if it's the U.S. committing violations.
Posted Friday, 20 July 2007 See my other reviews
Rebecca H.
Posted Monday, 9 July 2007 See my other reviews
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