The Road To Guantanamo
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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… More
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"The Road to Guantánamo will drive you crazy, if you aren't crazy yet."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Offers a gripping rebuke of the way prisoners are treated at Guantanamo, even though it never entirely settles important questions about what the Tipton Three might have been up to."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Timely political documentary that resolves one set of issues while rsiaing others."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"If we ever felt like the soldiers and interrogators seen here were in any way human, Winterbottom and Whitecross' indictment of their behavior would hit twice as hard."
‑ Karina Longworth, Cinematical
"Gripping, nightmarish, and at times bleakly funny, The Road To Guantánamo is far too important a personal testimony to go unheard."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"It makes its point in a way that a straight documentary could not."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Winterbottom's re-enactors do a persuasive job of depicting young men whose ad hoc decision to travel from Pakistan to Afghanistan put them solidly in the wrong-place/wrong-time category."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The director's slovenliness is a torture device of its own, but the grueling point is well taken"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"An astonishing tale of survival, a kind of modern Odyssey with a touch of the old mistaken-identity scenario, presented in a pointedly discriminating first-person narrative."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Cinematical
"Guided terror tour of US atrocity culture."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"While not an altogether convincing character study of the three detainees, Guantanamo is a nonetheless chilling indictment."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A bracing docu-drama."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Director Michael Winterbottom brings us face-to-face with the national humiliation of Guantanamo prison where the Geneva Convention and legal protocol have been disposed of like the now-filthy rivers of our country."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"While THE ROAD TO GUANTÁNAMO treats the men's tales with respect, astute viewers will question the nature of the youths' visits."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"Forte sem jamais se tornar apelativo, é uma denúncia contundente que expõe, de forma inequívoca, os abusos, a crueldade e a arrogância atroz do governo norte-americano, cujos integrantes deveriam ser julgados por crimes de guerra."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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