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The President Versus David Hicks (2004)

A documentary about the "Australian Taliban", David Hicks. The film follows the struggles of David's father, Terry Hicks, as he tries to free his son from the U.S. military prison at ... See full summary »


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A documentary about the "Australian Taliban", David Hicks. The film follows the struggles of David's father, Terry Hicks, as he tries to free his son from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay. Terry Hicks travels the world, locking himself in a cage on street corners in major cities as a demonstration of the harsh conditions his son is unjustly suffering under. At the same time, the movie traces David Hicks' path through Pakistan and Afghanistan, where he eventually joined the Taliban. Written by Luke Thomas Crowe

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Your son converts to Islam. Your son fights for the Taliban. Your son is labelled a terrorist. Your son is still your son.





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Solid documentary about an important issue, although eclipsed in quality by films such as Outfoxed! and Capturing the Friedmans.
21 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

2004 was an exciting time for documentary in Australia and internationally, with films like Fahrenheit 9/11 influencing parliament and public perception, and SuperSize Me socking it to the multinationals. Along with Madmoiselle and The Doctor, The President Versus David Hicks was Australia's contribution to social justice documentary film-making last year.

The President Versus David Hicks is a personal exploration of Australian Taliban fighter David Hicks, using letters he wrote home and interviewing his confused friends and family. Although there are a few unfortunate Bush soundbites, POTUS' gaffes have been better documented elsewhere. The film is at its most interesting when David's father, Terry, journeys to Afghanistan to retrace his son's footsteps. In Australia, Terry was controversially chosen to lead the 2004 (Great War) Remembrance Day Parade, but whether Hicks is guilty or not, the film shows that his father's unswerving support is heroic.

Where The President Versus David Hicksfalls short is in explaining just how an Australian could convert to the kind of extreme Islam practiced by the Taliban. However filmmakers Curtis Levy and Bentley Dean remind us that David and 600 other Taliban fighters have been imprisoned in horrific conditions for two years now, without being charged. And there's evidence to suggest that Hicks was only involved in Afghanistan's civil war, and not in terrorist activity. ***/***** stars.

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