Guantanamo Bay... So what now? After 13 years in prison, a 38-year-old Palestinian named Mohammed is released from the infamous prison, where he was starved, tortured and humiliated. He has a choice to make: staying in Guantanamo or starting a new life in Uruguay, the only country willing to open its doors to him. There he will be given a home and a subsidy for two years. After that, he will be on his own again. The film shows how good will can be degraded into powerlessness when confronted with reality, which ultimately reveals the complexity of the whole situation.
He was born in Uruguay in 1981. He studied Communication Sciences at the Universidad de la República, and Screenwriting at Cuba’s International School of Film and Television. In 2004 he wrote and directed Conexiones, his first fiction short film, and in 2007 he co-directed with Javier Palleiro the short film Buen viaje, which was the first Uruguayan short film to compete for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2013, he directed the feature film Solo, Best First Film at the Miami International Film Festival, and the documentary The essence of Carolina Herrera de Báez for Discovery Channel. In 2014, he directed a documentary series on the Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar for Fusion TV.
Tuesday 22: Broadway Cinemas, room 10, 5.15 pm
Thursday 24: Broadway Cinemas, room 10, 10.15 pm