ACLU Hosts "The Road to Guantánamo" Screening

Document Date: June 14, 2006


> Watch video of the live Q&A with the “Tipton Three”

> Slideshow: Photos from the IFC Film Center
> Flyer: Lessons from The Road to Guantánamo (pdf)

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Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross’ “The Road to Guantánamo” is the terrifying first-hand account of three British citizens who were held for two years without charges in the American military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Known as the “Tipton Three,” in reference to their hometown in Britain, the three were eventually returned to Britain and released, still having had no formal charges ever made against them at any time during their ordeal. The film has engendered significant controversy due to its critical stance towards the American and British governments. Roadside Attractions will release the film in select U.S. cities on June 23, 2006 and roll it out nationally over the summer.

The ACLU hosted a special screening of the film in NYC on June 22, 2006 for an invited audience of leaders in politics, law, academia, media and entertainment — people who are in a position to spread the importance of this film and the issues behind it to community members across their respective fields, across the country.

The screening was followed by a panel discussion and Q&A on the film and the real, pressing issues of torture and detention it addresses with director, Michael Winterbottom, Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU, Steven Watt of the ACLU, Gitanjali Gutierrez of CCR, and the “Tipton Three” live via video. The post-screening panel, with participants both onstage in the theater and live on-screen from England, was presented through IFC Center’s iQ&A program, a series of discussions that brings international filmmakers and New York audiences together through the internet and Apple iChat AV videoconferencing software.

Our hope is that the audiences of “The Road to Guantánamo” will be stirred to learn more about the human rights abuses at Guantánamo and other U.S. run detention facilities, and compelled to take action. To learn more about the challenge to U.S.-sponsored torture and abuse and to read government documents released to the ACLU under the Freedom of Information Act, go to:

For more information on “The Road to Guantánamo,” visit the official site of the film at

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