En route, their journey took a dramatic turn, and three of them ended up in a different destination: the US military base in Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay. They remained there, without legal representation or contact with their families, for over two years. Their story forms the basis of The Road to Guantanamo, Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross’s drama-documentary, winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.
Employing a similar technique to Kevin Macdonald’s Touching the Void, the film intercuts dramatic reconstruction of events and TV footage with talking head interviews of the real Tipton Three – Ruhel Ahmed, Asif Iqbal and Shariq Rasul. It’s a clever device which, when used to best effect as here, can create an empathic personal connection whilst also heightening a situation’s emotional drama.
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