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The Road to Guantanamo -- An award-winning, intense, political, docu-drama about the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge. Winner of the 2006 Berlin Film Festival for Best Director
The Road to Guantanamo -- Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guant�namo focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge.
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9 March 2006 (UK) See more »
Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guantánamo focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Riz Ahmed ... Shafiq
Farhad Harun ... Ruhel
Waqar Siddiqui ... Monir
Arfan Usman ... Asif Iqbal
Shahid Iqbal ... Zahid
Sher Khan ... Sher Khan
Jason Salkey ... Military Interrogator Sheberghan
Jacob Gaffney ... Kandahar Interregator #1

Mark Holden ... Kandahar Interrogator #2

Duane Henry ... Guard #1
William Meredith ... Guard #2
Payman Bina ... Guard #3

Adam James ... SAS Interrogator
James Buller ... MI5
Mark Sproston ... Embassy Man

Nancy Crane ... Interrogator #1

Ewan Bailey ... Interrogator #2

Martin McDougall ... Interrogator #3
Naser Ranjha ... Interrogator #4
Justin Lynch ... Interrogator #5

Sara Stewart ... Interrogator #6

Demetri Goritsas ... Interrogator #7
James McNeill ... Interrogator #8

Sasha Pick ... Interrogator #9
Steven Beckingham ... Camp X-Ray Guard #1
Brian Flaherty ... Guard #2 (Guantanamo)
Jason Schams ... Guard #3 (Guantanamo)
Andre Pitts ... Guard #4 (Guantanamo)
Justin Thomson ... Guard #5 (Guantanamo)
Tom Whitecross ... Guard #6 (Guantanamo)

Kieran O'Brien ... Voice Over
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruhel Ahmed ... Himself

Osama bin Laden ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Tony Blair ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Christopher Fosh ... Guard #7 (uncredited)
Asif Iqbal ... Himself (uncredited)
Shafiq Rasul ... Himself (uncredited)

Donald Rumsfeld ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Mat Whitecross 
Michael Winterbottom 
Produced by
Andrew Eaton .... producer
Michael Elliott .... line producer: Iran (as Mike Elliott)
Melissa Parmenter .... producer
Lee Thomas .... executive producer
Michael Winterbottom .... producer
Original Music by
Harry Escott 
Molly Nyman 
Cinematography by
Marcel Zyskind (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mat Whitecross 
Michael Winterbottom 
Casting by
Wendy Brazington 
Production Design by
Mark Digby 
Makeup Department
Mehdi Habibipur .... makeup artist: Iran (as Mehdi Habibi Pour)
Morteza Mortaghi .... makeup artist: Iran
Production Management
Ali Reza Haghshenas .... production manager: Iran
Josh Hyams .... production manager
Najibullah Razaq .... production manager: Afghhanistan
Ghorban Sadeghi .... production manager: Iran
Ali Reza Samiei .... production manager: Iran
Shahin Shahbazzadeh .... production manager: Iran
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Elliott .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Nick Adams .... sound effects editor
Jeremy Adamson .... additional sound effects editor
Tim Alban .... foley supervisor
Richard Davey .... dubbing mixer
Richard Davey .... sound re-recording mixer
Jennie Evans .... sound effects editor
James Hamilton .... foley recordist
Jonathan Rimas .... adr mixer
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Joakim Sundström .... sound designer
Joakim Sundström .... supervising sound editor
Jessie Taylor .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Chris Treble .... foley editor
Stuart Wilson .... sound mixer
Nick Woolwich .... sound recording engineer
Paul Wrightson .... adr editor
Special Effects by
Mohsen Ruzbahani .... special effects: Iran (as Mohsen Roozbehani)
Reza Turkaman .... special effects assistant: Iran
Visual Effects by
Adam Garner .... visual effects artist
Dan Sollis .... visual effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Philip Fisk .... still photographer
Casting Department
Julie Dunne .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mehdi Faragi .... costume assistant: Iran
Esmaeil Maghsoudi .... costume supervisor: Iran
Editorial Department
Chris Beeton .... digital intermediate colorist: Pepper Post Productions Ltd.
Michelle Camp .... digital intermediate producer: Pepper Post Productions Ltd.
Richard Cradick .... on-line editor: Pepper Post Productions Ltd.
Michael Groom .... post-production assistant
Pete Harrow .... digital intermediate asset manager: Pepper Post Productions Ltd.
Scott Hinchcliffe .... on-line editor: Pepper Post Productions Ltd.
Music Department
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Jimmy Robertson .... music mix engineer
Harry Varsani .... musician: dhol and tabla
Bruce White .... viola
Transportation Department
Rasul Hosseini .... driver: Iran
Other crew
Ramin Ahmadzadeh .... translator: Iran
Reno Antoniades .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Mohammed Arsalan .... fixer: Pakistan
Seyed Rahim Bathaei .... translator: Iran
Rachel Clark .... production assistant
Nicky Coats .... production accountant
Annie Derbaseghian .... production secretary: Iran
Hasein Dordoee .... production assistant: Iran
Graham Easton .... completion guarantor: Film Finances Inc.
Amir Farvardin .... production assistant: Iran
Jethro Harris .... head of film: Pepper Ltd.
Gholam Reza Heydarijo .... caterer: Iran
Hamid Reza Heydarijo .... caterer: Iran
Fiona McGuire .... head of production: Revolution Films
Stephen Nex .... assistant: Michael Winterbottom and Andrew Eaton
Yaser Nicksima .... production assistant: Iran
Imran Paracha .... fixer: Pakistan
Abdul Manan Paryan .... advisor: security, Afghanistran
Linda Pather .... completion guarantor: Film Finances Inc.
Helen Phelps .... head of sales: Pepper Post Productions Ltd.
Ramtin Ramezani .... production assistant: Iran
Lee Stone .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Milan Tawade .... travel arranger: The Travel Company
Lisa Wedgbury .... production assistant
Vanessa Whyte .... production assistant
Reza Zarechian .... translator: Iran
Marese Langan .... special thanks
Sean Mulcahy .... thanks
Tessa Ross .... very special thanks

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Rated R for language and disturbing violent content
95 min
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The film was shot in DV.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Shafiq:[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.See more »
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88 out of 114 people found the following review useful.
Clowns and monsters, 10 March 2006
Author: paul2001sw-1 ( from Saffron Walden, UK

The Tipton Three were there Britons of south Asian origin, mixed up in petty crime. Sufficiently Paskistani in identity to visit that country and feel reasonably at home, they were also sufficiently British to imagine it would be a good idea to extend their trip to Afghanistan, just to see what they would find. What they did find, of course, was war, the of death a friend, and then, just when they might have thought they were safe, torture and imprisonment at the hands of the Americans, first in Afghanistan and then in Guantanamo Bay. Michael Winterbottom's film is shot in many of the original locations, reconstructing their story: the reconstruction is accompanied by interviews with the men (in which they describe what happened, with little embellishment) and clippings from news stories at the time (a minority of which display what in retrospect seems outrageous bias in favour of the agreed western spin on the war). There's an element of black comedy in the way a group of uppity British lads somehow find themselves at war; but when the torture begins, it's hard not to get angry at the systematic disregard for the human rights of men who had been convicted of no crime. Also hard to escape is the sheer bone-headedness of their interrogators: convinced that their suspects work for "Al-Quaeda", which they seem to conceive of as some kind of unitary and institutional organisation, the Americans have no effective idea of what to do except to put this proposition to their suspects ad nauseam until they agree, with intermittent torture to ram home the point. That a confession in these circumstances would have means precisely nothing does not seem to have occurred to them. In fact, the men didn't break, which was presumably easier because they had no idea of the sort of information the Americans wanted from them. But (except at the very end), there were heroic acts of defiance in the fashion of the Hollywood prison movie either; against overwhelming force, such behaviour isn't really on.

I would have liked to see the suspects called to explain themselves a little further when they say they went to Afghansistan to "help", but overall, their stories make a grim kind of sense, and they lost three years of their lives for a foolish expedition. Now they are Muslims in a way they never were before, having gained strength through their religion in their darkest hour. This is an important and absorbing film, which as with the same director's 'In This World', reminds you of how large the world is. And also makes you want to scream: "Not in My Name!".

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