The Road to Guantanamo

The Road to Guantanamo

Director: Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom Cast: Rizwan Ahmed, Farhad Harun

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The Road to Guantanamo

Winner of the Silver Bear at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival, The Road to Guantanamo, directed by Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, uses interviews, news footage, and reenactments to tell the story of the Tipton Three, young British men of Pakistani descent who were detained for over two years without charges at Guantanamo Bay by the American military. Shafiq (played by Riz Ahmed in the reenactments), Ruhel (Farhad Harun), Asif (Arfan Usman), and Monir (Waqar Siddiqui) traveled to Pakistan to take part in Asif's wedding to a Pakistani girl. Once in Pakistan, they hooked up with Zahid (Shahid Iqbal), Shafiq's cousin, and they all met in Karachi. There, they attended a mosque, where the imam urged worshipers to help those in need in Afghanistan, and where an inexpensive bus trip over the border was organized. Out of a sense of charity, or perhaps a naïve lust for adventure, the young men decided to travel to Afghanistan. The American bombing campaign begins shortly after they arrive. While trying to get back over the border, they find themselves in the Taliban stronghold of Konduz, where they are captured by the Northern Alliance during the Taliban surrender. At this point, Monir is separated from the group, and they never see him again. Shafiq, Ruhel, and Asif are brought to Sheberghan prison, where they are detained under miserable conditions, until the Americans discover that they are British. At that point, their journey to Guantanamo begins. Asif Iqbal, Ruhel Ahmed, and Shafiq Rasul describe their ordeal at the hands of American and British intelligence, who were determined to get them to confess their nonexistent links to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, while the brutal scenes are reenacted onscreen. The Road to Guantanamo was shown at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/24/2006
UPC: 0043396163652
Original Release: 2006
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 63,797

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rizwan Ahmed Shafiq
Farhad Harun Ruhel
Waqar Siddiqui Monir
Arfan Usman Asif
Ruhel Ahmed Actor
Asif Iqbal Actor
Shafiq Rasul Actor

Technical Credits
Mat Whitecross Director
Michael Winterbottom Director
Wendy Brazington Casting
Mark Digby Production Designer
Andrew Eaton Producer
Harry Escott Score Composer
Molly Nyman Score Composer
Melissa Parmenter Producer
Mohsen Ruzbehani Special Effects
Shahriar Shahbazzadeh Co-producer
Joakim Sundström Sound Mixer
Stuart Wilson Sound Mixer
Marcel Zyskind Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Road to Guantánamo
1. Wedding in Pakistan [6:49]
2. Sidetrip to Afghanistan [11:12]
3. The Wrong Direction [3:21]
4. Panic in Kunduz [7:53]
5. Captured [9:32]
6. American Interrogation [12:18]
7. British Interrogation [4:59]
8. Camp X-Ray Guantanamo [6:08]
9. Web of Deceit [12:33]
10. Camp Delta Guantanamo [4:27]
11. Isolation [6:20]
12. Release [9:44]

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