THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO is the story of four friends who set off from Tipton in the English Midlands in September 2001 for a wedding and a holiday. Their story is told through a mixture of interviews with the so-called 'Tipton Three', news archive footage and a recreation of their ordeal. Their journey took them from Tipton, to Karachi, Kandahar, Kabul and Konduz. In Konduz where they were captured by the Northern Alliance, imprisoned in Sheberghan, then flown by the Americans to Kandahar. From there they were taken to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and imprisoned in Camp X-Ray, then Camp Delta for more than two years. They were accused of being international terrorists and it was claimed that there was footage of them with Osama Bin Laden and Mohammad Atta. They were eventually released when they proved that one of them had been working in Curry's, an electrical superstore in the UK, at the time and the other two were on parole in Tipton.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Michael Winterbottom

Written by: Michael Winterbottom

Cinematography: Marcel Zyskind

Editing: Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom

Original Score: Molly Nyman, Harry Escott

Cast: Riz Ahmed (Shafiq), Farhad Harun (Ruhel), Waqr Siddiqui (Monir), Arfan Usman (Asif)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Film 2006
  • European Director 2006
  • Feature Film Selection 2006