How far will we go in the name of security?
The documentary The Road to Guantanamo asks this question following the horrifying tale of the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who are held in one of the world’s most controversial prisons, Camp Delta in Guantanamo.
The Road to Guantanamo screens Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Village 8 Cinemas as part of the Reel Alternatives Fall Indie Film Series.
Part drama, part documentary, the disserting story begins with the trio setting out from Britain to attend a wedding in Pakistan. On crossing the Afghanistan boarder, just as the 2001 invasion begins, the boys are captured by the Northern Alliance, who hand them over to American forces. The boys are shipped to Guantanomo and imprisoned in Camp X-Ray, then Camp Delta. For four years, the men are tortured and forced into false confessions of being terrorists.
In between images of the men being tortured and going without food and water for days at a time, clips of American politicians arguing the camps are humane have a chilling effect.
“They don’t share the same values we share,” says U.S. President George W. Bush in the film, referring to the “killers” locked away in the Cuban prison.
The New York Times calls the Berlin International Film Festival winner, “Amazing. A film of staggering force.”
The film, presented by the Whistler Film Festival and Village 8 Cinemas, shows at 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $8.50.