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Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
When one of the "detainees" is first brought into the interrogation tent, a guard accidentally lifts the man's shirt, revealing the wire of a remote microphone. See more »
[rapping to an American guard]
My name's Shafiq Rasul, and I'm from Tipton, I tell them I ain't Taliban, but they don't wanna listen. You won't believe I just came out here, for my mate's wedding, do you? I never thought my ass, would be heading for Cuba.
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This is probably one of the most mind boggling films I have ever seen. It definitely deserved the Berlin International Film Festival award.
We often hear about the 500 or so detainees in Guantanamo and we may grant these men some basic pity. And then we change the channel. But this film makes you think about the imprisonment these men face in Guantanamo. And I mean REALLY think. Parts of this movie were as gut-wrenching as they were engrossing. Sitting in my seat in the cinema, I couldn't stop thinking about how I'm finding it psychologically gripping just to watch this movie, and how painful it must feel to actually be at the receiving end of this Guantanamo Hospitality. The viewer feels a strange combination of compassion, pity, distaste and frustration all within the 95 minutes of this film/documentary.
What I like about The Road to Guantanamo, is that there is little or no gore, yet one feels disgusted at the level that humanity has sunk to. And one feels respect for the solid perseverance and patience of the Tipton Three and the scores of other innocent men held at Guantanamo.
I recommend The Road to Guantanamo to you. Because it is a brilliant and thought provoking take on human rights, justice and Guantanamo.
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