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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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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Two of the actors (Riz Ahmed and Farhad Harun) and two of the ex-detainees were detained temporary and interrogated at the airport by the British police when they returned from the Berlinale-festival where the movie got the Silver Bear. According to BBC-news Ahmed said he was asked if he intended to make any more political films. See more »

Goofs

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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References Back to the Future (1985) See more »

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disturbing documentary
9 May 2006 | by doktordannySee all my reviews

anyone still thinking that the war on terrorism is in defense of democracy and civil human rights must, in the light of what is documented in this film, reevaluate his/her position. it doesn't matter why these young men went to Afganistan - the way they are treated by the US government is appalling and i simply cannot understand how anyone claiming to be a civilized human being, can defend the crimes committed by US military personnel, as documented in this film. ...and remember - these 3 guys were lucky - they are British nationals and this means someone is looking out for them - their families live in GB and they have the possibility of putting pressure on the British government, but think of all the nameless Afghans and Pakistanis who are held by the US and their allies under even worse conditions.

brilliant film BTW!


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