Hot Docs – The Guantanamo Trap

This film leaves more questions than answers when it comes to the politics, ethics and policies of Guantanamo Bay, the famous Cuban based prison holding suspected terrorists. The stories of what has been reported or suspected to have occurred in the prison as it related to torture or other human rights violations are already well known and there are no new revelations in this film.

The real story covered in this film is the human stories and tragedies that have befallen those involved with the notorious facility. At its core the film tells the story of three people. Murat Kurnas a German national who was arrested in Pakistan while studying Islam and spent nearly 5 years in the prison. Matthew Diaz a military lawyer who leaked the names of the inmates to the public and has been imprisoned for it. Finally Lt.Col Diane Beaver who was made infamous as the judge advocate who wrote the memo on enhanced interrogation techniques for the military.

All three of these people had their lives drastically altered because of their connection to the prison and their stories are told in a sympathetic and unpartisan manner by the filmmaker Thomas Selim Wallner. Breaking this issue down into three different first hand experiences truly offers up the depth of the problems and complexities for the people dealing with it from all ends.

The Guantanamo Trap
Director: Thomas Selim Wallner
Producers: Thomas Kufus, Amit Breuer, Marcel Hoehn and Christoph Jorg

Fri, April 29th 9:30pm
Mon, May 2nd 1pm
Sat, May 7th 9:30pm

Written by Jason Poynton

Jason works on his feet all day, so when he gets some downtime his greatest joy is to settle in at a movie theatre and see a couple movies back-to-back, or in the the case of film festival season race around the city and see four or five in a day. Of course after the movies it’s time to eat and drink and talk it out with some friends.

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