Human Rights/Social Justice
Masahiro Kobayashi Films
South Asian/Southeast Asian
Children's Film Sale
ROAD TO GUANTANAMO
Michael Winterbottom won a Silver Bear at Berlin for this harrowing docudrama about the Tipton Three, a trio Muslims who were held at Guantanamo Bay for two years without charge. By mistakenly ending up in a Taliban convoy after drifting into Afghanistan after a wedding in Pakistan, British-born South Asians Shafiq (Riz Ahmed), Ruhel (Farhad Harun), and Asif (Arfan Usman) find themselves in the middle of a Kafkaesque nightmare. Filmed on DV with spliced news footage and interviews with the real Tipton Three, Winterbottom's achievement is "a film that must be seen to understand the sad truths of our times" (Ruthe Stein,
San Francisco Chronicle
). In English and Urdu with English subtitles.
Michael Winterbottom/Mat Whitecross---Great Britain---2006---95 mins.
OFF TO WAR: FROM RURAL ARKANSAS TO IRAQ
LAND OF SILENCE & DARKNESS