The Road to Guantanamo (watch) is a British docudrama about three innocent men who were captured by the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan in 2001 after 9/11, and handed over to the U.S. military. English director Michael Winterbottom filmed the movie in a super-realistic documentary-style, even more realistic than District 9.
Three men Ruhal Ahmed, Shafiq Rasul, and Asif Iqbal, called “The Tipton Three” are English. They went to Pakistan to wedding of a friend. After hearing an Islamic cleric talk about the pain of the Afghan people at the hands of American forces, they decided to take a road trip to Afghanistan to help civilians and see the conditions. Biggest mistake of their lives.
After being brutalized like the Prawn from District 9 by the “good” Afghans who think they are Taliban, they are taken into United States custody and then shipped and tortured at the modern day concentration camp in Guantanamo Bay for a few years.
They are accused of attending an Osama bin Laden rally in Afghanistan, with Mohammed Atta in 2000, even though their is a police record showing they were in England in 2000.
Their interrogation, torture, abuse, injustice. and humiliation at the hands of the soldiers was just as bad as the movies Midnight Express and Schindler’s List.
The movie is not balanced in any way- the U.S. is shown to be evil and the Tipton Three are depicted to be without fault. Although one can debate their true motives for being in Afghanistan, it doesn’t excuse the torture, lack of due process, isolation, or punishment, especially since they were was no evidence of them being with the Taliban and they had nothing to do with 9/11.