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The Road To Guantanamo
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quattro amici inglesi di origine pakistana, nel settembre del 2001 lasciarono tipton, una cittadina al centro dell'inghilterra, per celebrare e festeggiare il matrimonio di uno di loro. solo in tre, dopo due anni e mezzo, ritornarono a casa. la storia viene raccontata dai protagonisti attraverso la ricostruzione degli eventi drammatici in cui si trovarono coinvolti. il loro viaggio li ha portati da tipton a karachi e poi a kandahar, kabul e konduz, dove furono catturati dall'alleanza del nord, imprigionati a sheberghan e poi trasportati in aereo a kandahar dagli americani. da li' furono condotti alla baia di guantanamo nell'isola di cuba e detenuti a camp x-ray, poi a camp delta, per pi di due anni. gli americani li accusarono di essere terroristi internazionali e sostennero di averli identificati in un video con osama bin laden e mohammed atta. il rilascio avvenne solo quando fu provato che uno di loro lavorava presso curry's, un grande magazzino di articoli elettrici, nel periodo degli attentati, mentre gli altri due erano in liberta' condizionata a tipton.
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The film opens with archive footage of Tony Blair and George W Bush telling us that as far as they are concerned all the people being held at Guantanamo Bay are "Bad People". As virtually every one knows that these two gentlemen are at best economical with the truth or more likely bare faced liars it's clear where the film is heading .And it won't please readers of the Daily Mail.
Taking it's title from the road movies of the 1940,s starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby but with even fewer laughs has a slightly more politically correct slant, the movie sees Birmingham lad Asif Iqbal ( Arfan Usman) who is about to get married invite his friends Shafiq Rasul( Rizwan Ahmed), Ruhal Ahmed( Farhad Rasun) to accompany him. Once in Pakistan they chill out, meeting family and friends. They seem very decent lads, giving food away to poor local children, pleasant and polite. Then in tow with another friend Monir ( Waqar Siddiqi) and Shafiq,s cousin Zahid ( Shahid Iqbal ) they decide , seemingly on a whim, mainly based on the fact the place has" huge nans " to cross the border into Afghanistan . Now this is one area of the film I have a problem with. There is a brief conversation between them about helping fellow Muslims, which is all conveniently vague. Are we to believe their plans for walking into a potential war zone were so nebulous? It doesn't ring true to me.Read more ›
Watch the "The Road to Guantanamo" and go where the news media of the world, with all their money, resources and highly paid reporters, dare not tread. Highly recommended.
The three main characters are so vaguely drawn that I could not relate to any of them except in a most shallow manner, so I took a personal perspective on what appears to be a convincing portrayal of the horror, inhumanity and denial of basic human rights and justice that is Guantanamo.
It would be nice to think that this is an account biased against America (for America read George Bush), but it accords with international condemnation and everything one hears in the news, and seeing it enacted is deeply disturbing.
On balance a docudrama that is skewed towards the documentary.
But everyone should watch this and worry about the distorting effects of terrorism on human rights.
The reasons for these intellectually challenged British Muslims leaving England and going directly to a war zone is left remarkably unclear. They wanted to "Help" or see large Nan bread? That for me is the most important question. Why did they go? I mean it is not what you would call a normal holiday. That crucial question is left unanswered.
Did these boys go to fight and then on seeing the realities of War try and escape?
The resulting experiences these boys were made to suffer are inexcusable in a modern world. Torture is simply not legitimate. Just listening to the interviewees should have been enough for the Americans and British to realise these kids posed little threat to anyone except to themselves.
How stupid they were not to shout to the rafters that they are British subjects. If they had come clean with British Military Intelligence things could have been very different.
I would like to see the evidence of the torture of these kids by the British Military. (Since writing this originally, I have found out the British Military did indeed use torture.)
If they had been given the chance, these boys would most certainly have come home to Britain at their first opportunity and probably never left again. This is an example of simple reality completely destroying indoctrinated and imagined beliefs.
The re-enactments are pretty poor. The objectivity is also very one-sided.
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Exposes the nonsense of the war on terror and the stupidity of those involved in the Guantanamo Bay prison. Excellent and, surprisingly at times very amusing.Published 20 months ago by Miss H McKenzie
So marriage-minded Asif, a British Muslim, travels with a group of his co-religionists to his ancestral home of Pakistan a few weeks after 9/11. Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2009 by SusScrofa
A much needed and worthy watch, make no mistake, but try as hard as I could, I really struggled to have even the remotest iota of empathy for any of the 'tipton three '. Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2008 by the_niner_nation
The Road to Guantanamo has been produced while Guantanamo Bay and the War on Terror are still a reality. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2007 by Daniel Mckay
I confess I had high hops of this film by Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross. The topic is touchy and flamable and likely to stir upp emotions. Read morePublished on 17 Nov. 2006 by Gisli Jokull Gislason