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The Road to Guantanamo (2006)
UK / English
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.
Riz Ahmed Shafiq
Farhad Harun Ruhel
Waqar Siddiqui Monir
Afran 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
Ian Hughes MI5 Interrogator
James Buller MI5
Director: Mat Whitecross,Michael Winterbottom
Producer: Andrew Eaton,Melissa Parmenter,Michael Winterbottom
A straight up account of extraordinary events.
Clean cut, sharp and poignant, this is a documentary of those the British press named the "Tipton Three". Three young Englishmen tell their story of a wedding trip to Pakistan and an unplanned journey into Afghanistan. Victims of circumstance, their tale leads to incarceration in Guantanamo Bay and the apparently shocking treatment that ensued.

Whilst the story is told purely from the perspective of the detainees, there is never any point at which you really doubt the content of the film. In no way does the portrayal of events seem exaggerated or biased so as to evoke a stronger reaction from the audience. In parts sequences seem almost void of emotion in terms of their description, and surprisingly, the effect is to make it even more hard hitting. Not overcooking the trauma means what can only be assumed as a factual depiction of horrifying circumstances comes across quite superbly.

There are points where you can question the realism of the young men's decisions. For example, the point from which they want to leave Kabul back for Pakistan only to find themselves trapped with the Taliban is a little scantily dealt with. This may or may not be wholly accurate, and of course they felt compelled to follow those they felt were standing up for their religion, but from the individual interview footage you can't help feel they were impressionable youths just following their noses, lost in the surreal adventure of it all.

Perfectly paced, the film spends just the right amount of time on each area/location of the story. Winterbottom nicely interweaves footage from British television news to prompt recollection of the perspective from which the public saw the events in Afghanistan. And with a good balance of acted reconstruction and subject interview, both the drama and technicalities feel great. Is there no style or subject this man can't handle?

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 5
Imdb rating: 7.7
Musician: Harry Escott
Running time: 95 min
Subtitles: Svenska
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