The Road to Guantanamo 2006

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…
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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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Their version of what happened to them! I didn't find it convincing! Don't bother with it!

  • 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.

  • 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

    Zoe
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