2007, Sat, Sep 08

The Road to Guantánamo

Director's Night

Michael Winterbottom & Mat Whitecross | The Road to Guantanamo | (c) Falcom Media GmbH, Germany 2007

Michael Winterbottom & Mat Whitecross | The Road to Guantanamo | (c) Falcom Media GmbH, Germany 2007

Through their view of the city on the Hudson, the big names of the American author's movie have shaped the picture of New York that generations of viewers worldwide hold stored in their memories. Their stories, however, have also become a true school of urban sensibility. In their films, the anonymity of the big city is not a threat but a promise of good fortune – the prospect of random encounters, the possibility of alternative life-paths.


The Road to Guantánamo

D: Michael Winterbottom & Mat Whitecross, UK 2006, 95 min, German subtitles

With the anniversary of 9/11 just a few days away, it is a fitting moment to examine the consequences of the war on terror. In semi-documentary form, this film tells the story of three young British Muslims who, as alleged "Taliban fighters", were interned in Guantanamo.

- Winner of the Silver Bear at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival -