Road To Guantanamo

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An award-winning, intense, political, docu-drama about the tipton three, a trio of british muslims who were held in guantanamo bay for two years until they were released without charge.


Studio Sony
SKU 202938065
UPC 043396163652
UPC 14 00043396163652
Format DVD
Release Date 5/27/2008
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note The post-9/11 climate found the U.S. government resorting to many unorthodox methods to quash the perceived threat from further terrorist attacks. None was more controversial or more headline-grabbing than the detainment camp set up in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which was constructed to imprison and interrogate Taliban and Al-Qaeda operatives captured by U.S. soldiers. Prolific British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom (9 SONGS) turns his cameras on the camp with this true story of three innocent British 20-something Muslims who were captured and held at Guantanamo for two years. Winterbottom cleverly marries extensive interview footage with the three men--Asif Iqbal, Ruhel Ahmed, and Shafiq Rasifknown, collectively known as the Tipton Three--with nerve-jarring reconstructive footage of what happened to them. ^After traveling to Pakistan for a wedding, the three men set out on an intrepid exploration of Afghanistan, only to find themselves captured by U.S. forces who mistook them for members of the Taliban/Al-Qaeda. The footage of the capture is intense and terrifying, with Winterbottom pulling some fearsome acting from his leads. But even that pales next to the reconstruction of their period in Guantanamo, where the men are stripped of their humanity and treated to brutal inquisition and torture methods, many of which seem untested and experimental in nature. Sometimes it's difficult to believe that one human being could treat another this way, until Winterbottom neatly intersperses more timely reminders from his interviews with the men themselves, adding further revelations to the shocking scenes the cast reenacts. Winterbottom mostly shoots on digital video throughout, and the gloomy, grainy texture of the film is perfectly used as a mirror of the personal hell these three men went through. Possibly Winterbottom's best film yet, THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO is must-see cinema that is likely to leave its audience shaking with rage and despair.
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith touching talking heads from the real-life prisoners. They come across as ordinary lads who've had an extraordinary experience..." 06/01/2006 p.121
New York Times "[A] wrenching and dismaying account of cruelty and bureaucratic indifference, a graphic tour of a place many citizens of Western democracies would prefer not to think about." 06/30/2006 p.E10
Entertainment Weekly "Codirector Michael Winterbottom whips up a lot of handheld sound and fury as he weaves in interviews with the three actual former prisoners..." 07/14/2006 p.62
Movieline's Hollywood Life "The film achieves an extraordinary sense of authenticity and immediacy..." 07/01/2006 p.103
Box Office 4 stars out of 5 -- "The immensely talented and versatile Winterbottom has taken a page from his 2003 film IN THIS WORLD, mixing political concerns, documentary-style filmmaking and an enveloping sense of place..." 08/01/2006 p.42
Michael Winterbottom
Mat Whitecross
Cast & Crew
Afran Usman - Actor
Andrew Eaton, et. al. - Producer
Farhad Harun - Actor
Harry Escott, et. al. - Original Music By
Marcel Zyskind - Cinematographer
Mat Whitecross, et. al. - Writer
Michael Winterbottom, et. al. - Director
Riz Ahmed - Actor
Waqar Siddiqui - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 16365
UPC 00043396163652
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 95 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Review The search-for-Al-Qaeda exposes hit a strange turn with Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross The Road to Guantanamo. A mockumentary that is supposed to be taken dead seriously, we are thrown into a small hell of assumption and horror that often reaches for, but never really matches, the sneaked Guantanamo footage or any of the thousand torture videos produced by either side in the lengthy war campaign. It's a stinger, but it has the taste and smell of plastic.
Reviewer Chris Cabin
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter A tough, compelling, must-see movie.
Phil Hall, Film Threat ...this is the most important movie of the year.

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