Saturday, February 24, 2007

ISA BEST DOC "The Road to Guantánamo" /View entire film below

The documentary "The Road to Guantanamo" has just (this moment 2/24/07) won Best Documentary at the Independent Spirit Awards.

The complete documentary "The Road to Guantánamo" on Iraq News and History Below:

INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS is an annual celebration of filmmaking that meets four criteria: uniqueness of vision, provocative and original subject matter, economy of means, and independent financing.

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.

I have also include an interview with the Co-Directors/Co-Editors, Michael WINTERBOTTOM & Mat WHITECROSS.

"The Road to Guantanamo is a 2006 docu-drama directed by Michael Winterbottom about the incarceration of three British detainees at a detainment camp in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. It was premiered at the Berlinale on 14th February, 2006, and first shown in the UK on Channel 4 on 9th March, 2006. The following day it was the first film to be released simultaneously in cinemas, on DVD and on the Internet.

Filming took place in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, which doubled as Cuba. Mat Whitecross is credited as co-director, and handled most of the interviews with the real-life counterparts to the main characters.[1]
Actors detained


Four of the actors in the film were detained for about an hour by police at London Luton Airport after returning from the film's premiere in Berlin. Rizwan Ahmed alleged that during questioning police asked him whether he had become an actor to further the Islamic cause, questioned him on his views on the Iraq war, verbally abused him and denied him access to a telephone.[11] He was then asked to become an informant for the police.[3]

A spokesperson for Bedfordshire police said that none of the men were arrested and that the Terrorism Act allows the police to "stop and examine people if something happens that might be suspicious". She did not clarify what the actors had done to arouse suspicion. [11]
From Wikipedia Here
#1 The New York Times: At the Tribeca Festival, Foreign Films Tell Tales That Hit Close to Home, April 28th, 2006
# 2 The Washington Post: MPAA Rates Poster an F, May 17th, 2006
# 3 a b The Observer: Using terror to fight terror, February 26th, 2006
# 11 a b The Guardian: Guantánamo actors questioned under terror act after film festival, February 21st, 2006

Since this is Independent Filmaking it would be great if you would purchase the film to support the directors. It is now available on ITUNES (along with all Independent Spirit Awards Nominated movies) .


Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Part Six

Part Seven

Part Eight

Part Nine

Part Ten- Conclusion

The Movie Show Online interviewed Co-Directors/Co-Editors, Michael WINTERBOTTOM & Mat WHITECROSS about THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO.

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