Exclusive Clip From The Road to Guantanamo

On December 28th, U.S. forces policing the prison take three Britons and fly them to a detention center at Kandahar air base, where they are beaten and interrogated, by both U.S. soldiers and the SAS. During the flight to Kandahar, their heads are covered with burlap sacks and they were secured in a stress position while in the cargo plane. Shafiq Rasul (one of the Tipton Three) recalls the flight to Khandahar:

"In normal circumstances the position would have been difficult to maintain for any length of time. Given that I was extremely weak and that I was suffering from dysentery, dehydration, hunger and exhaustion it was impossible to maintain this position for more than a few minutes at a time. If however I leant back or tried to move, I would be struck with a rifle butt. These blows were not designed to prevent us from falling back or to adjust our position, they were meant to hurt and punish us."
The Road to Guantanamo Main Synopsis:
Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross' The Road to Guantanamo. Part documentary, part dramatization, the film chronicles the sequence of events that led from the trio setting out from Tipton in the British Midlands for a wedding in Pakistan, to their crossing the Afghanistan border just as the U.S. began its bombing campaign, to their eventual capture by the Northern Alliance and their imprisonment in Camp X-Ray and later at Camp Delta in Guantanamo.

Official Site: RoadToGuantanamoMovie.com
Release date is June 23rd.

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Check out an AlterNet exclusive preview from The Road to Guantanamo. The film, which chronicles the experience of three British detainees, opens June 23rd.

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