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The Road to Guantanamo (2006)

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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.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Riz Ahmed ... Shafiq
Farhad Harun Farhad Harun ... Ruhel
Waqar Siddiqui Waqar Siddiqui ... Monir
Arfan Usman Arfan Usman ... Asif Iqbal
Shahid Iqbal Shahid Iqbal ... Zahid
Sher Khan Sher Khan ... Sher Khan
Jason Salkey ... Military Interrogator Sheberghan
Jacob Gaffney Jacob Gaffney ... Kandahar Interregator #1
Mark Holden ... Kandahar Interrogator #2
Duane Henry ... Guard #1
William Meredith ... Guard #2
Payman Bina Payman Bina ... Guard #3
Adam James ... SAS Interrogator
James Buller James Buller ... MI5
Mark Sproston Mark Sproston ... Embassy Man
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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. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Documentary | Drama | War

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Rated R for language and disturbing violent content | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Urdu

Release Date:

9 March 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Camino a Guantánamo See more »

Filming Locations:

Afghanistan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,138, 25 June 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$316,694, 30 July 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

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.
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State of the art in pro-active drama-doc
14 March 2006 | by cliffhanley_See all my reviews

Perhaps there is more than one Michael Winterbottom. The history of cinema is full of Big Reputations built on very short CVs, but this guy must be working on several projects simultaneously and anyone lucky to get close enough will be caught up in the slipstream. He's the I K Brunel of the silver screen. However, Whitecross must have handled the bulk of the work here, and a lucky few at the Bristol Watershed, England, will have met him with the three British protagonists of this adventure (16th March), who relate their experiences intercut with actors and archive footage in what may prove to be the seminal event of 21st Century cinema. It's certainly the most powerful experience you are liable to have in the theatre. This reviewer has not seen it on TV, nor downloaded it to PC, but my guess is that it will retain some of its force. Undoubtedly much of this force is because it's a true story, and one which connects with us all, through our governments' recreation of the Cold War strategy for slicing up the world into areas of influence, and using the artifice of 'bogeymen' (Pinkos, Martians, Yankees, Muslims) to keep the populace down. But the secret of great art is to make it look easy. In lesser hands this could have been an exercise in widescreen bathos. And recognising the gift from real life to the film maker in the scene where one of the guards exposes his cultural commonality with one of these 'dangerous terrorists', asking him to perform a rap, is just one example. The confusion of Afghanistan and Pakistan as the bombs fall and the invaders take over is totally convincing. An eyes-open nightmare full of dust and colliding waves of refugees followed by the interminable grind of terror, insults from thugs and 'cultured' interrogators, boredom and torture suffered by the captives in a situation that Kafka and Orwell could never have imagined. This is a trite comparison, I know, but violence is trite, and banal. If you see any one film this year, make it this one. CLIFF HANLEY


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