The Road to Guantanamo

2006/Color/95 mins/UK




Category Country Focus: UK: Retrospective - Michael Winterbottom
Director Michael Winterbottom
Producer Andrew Eaton, Melissa Parmenter, Michael Winterbottom
Screenplay Michael Winterbottom
Cinematography Marcel Zyskind
Editor Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom
Music Molly Nyman, Harry Escott
Set Mark Digby
Costume Riz Ahmed, Farhad Harun, Waqar Siddiqui, Afran Usman
Cast NA
Production Companies NA
World Sales The Works International
Festival/Awards Silver Bear for Best Director, Berlin,2017

In September 2001 several British Muslim friends go to Pakistan to attend a wedding. They decide to visit Afghanistan, but they find Kandahar under attack and flee to Kabul. From there the friends try to return to Pakistan but mistakenly end up in a Taliban stronghold. Following their capture, they are sent to a U.S. military base in Cuba, where they endure torture.

Director:
Michael Winterbottom
Michael Winterbottom was born in Blackburn in 1961. He made his directorial debut in 1988 with the Ingmar Bergman documentary's "The Magic Lantern" and "The Director", winner of Best Documentary at the Valladolid Film Festival. His television credits include the BAFTA award winning series "Cracker" and "Family". He made his feature film directorial debut with "Butterfly Kiss" in 1995 and since then has went on to make over 30 films. Michael Winterbottom has been at Cannes "Welcome to Sarajevo", "Wonderland" and "24 Hour Party People" competing for Palme d'Or over the years.

Selected Filmography:
Butterfly Kiss (1995),
Jude (1995),
Welcome to Sarajevo (1997),
Wonderland (1999),
24 Hour Party People (2002),
9 Songs (2004),
A Cock and Bull Story (2005),
The Road to Guantanamo (2006),
Everyday (2012)