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by Michael Winterbottom, Mat Whitecross


In September 2001, Pakistani Asif Iqbal leaves his home town of Tipton for Pakistan to meet his future wife. He invites his three friends Ruhel, Shafiq and Monir as witnesses. At the wedding, the Imam asks them to go to Afghanistan to help the people there. They arrive in Kandahar on the night of the first US bombings. The four men soon find themselves penetrating deeper into the war zone until they are finally arrested. After weeks of detainment they are flown out to Guantanamo, where they are imprisoned as potential terrorists. Although it soon transpires that there is no truth in these allegations, it is two years before Shafiq, Asif and Ruhel are able to return to Tipton, but without their friend Monir who disappeared in Afghanistan.

international title: The Road to Guantánamo
original title: The Road to Guantánamo
country: United Kingdom
sales agent: The Works International
year: 2006
genre: docu-fiction
directed by: Michael Winterbottom, Mat Whitecross
film run: 95'
release date: UK 09/03/2006, SE 05/05/2006, HU 01/06/2006, NL 01/06/2006, AT 02/06/2006, BE 07/06/2006, FR 07/06/2006, ES 260/05/2006, PT 31/08/2006, IT 15/09/2006, DE 21/09/2006, GR 05/10/2006
screenplay: Michael Winterbottom, Mat Whitecross
cast: Riz Ahmed, Farhad Harun, Waqar Siddiqui, Arfan Usman
cinematography by: Marcel Zyskind
film editing: Michael Winterbottom, Mat Whitecross
costumes designer: Esmaeil Maghsoudi
music: Molly Nyman, Harry Escott
producer: Andrew Eaton, Michael Winterbottom, Melissa Parmenter, Shahryar Shahbazzadeh
production: Revolution Films
distributor: Channel 4 Television Corporation (UK), CTV International (FR), Fandango Distribuzione (IT), Alta Films (ES), Falcom Media (DE) (AT), Prooptiki (GR) (CY), Elite Film (CH), Sandrew Metronome (DE, FI, SE), Budapest Film (HU)


main awards/selection

EFA 2006selection
Berlinale 2006Silver Bear for Best Director, (Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross)

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