In Guantanamo (2009) 

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Director
David Miller
Date
2009
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Guantanamo naval base, "Gitmo", covers forty five square miles of Cuba inside an area under a controversial 'permanent lease' to the United States. Since 2002, the base has become synonymous with its detainment facilities for suspected terrorists. Although Barack Obama has given orders for the detention camp to be closed, the facilities remain open to this day. David Miller's quiet, powerful film is the result of three days the filmmaker spent touring the camps in May 2008 as part of a small group of media representatives allowed there. Although the event was presented as a chance to 'see inside' the working of Guantanamo, it was in fact a carefully staged PR exercise designed to yield predictable, stale, controlled media images.

David Miller

After making tea for six months in an edit house in London, I got a job working for Hardcash Productions, a small production company that specialises in current affairs and documentaries. I worked as a junior researcher on several films for Channel 4's current affairs strand Dispatches. I then went freelance and worked on films for Broadcasters like the BBC, Channel 4 and Al Jazeera English. I currently find myself involved in numerous interesting projects and developments and I'm very grateful to the VODO team for their support.

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Tourniquette

on November 05, 2009 at 7:08pm

Listen guys, I'm an American, and by many international standards I was born in the most redneck, right-wing, media spoonfed part of the country: the Midwest. But not all Americans are brainless dolts who ride around in big trucks and shoot any minority they see. I can't help the history of this country and the completely irrational things that we've done, such as Vietnam, Iraq, ect. But keep in mind that we saved your asses when we didn't want to in the first place in WWI AND WWII. My great-grandfather is a WWI vet, both of my grandfathers and WWII vets. I do my best to keep and open mind, and while stubborn as hell, the majority of us who aren't stuck up the neo-christian right wing ass of Rush Limbaugh are independent thinkers who want to get the fuck out of everyone else's hair and quit policing the fucking world. This is a democracy, one of the first I might add, and while it's true that our government is bloated as hell and rarely listens to what the people have to say, we did just manage to elect a president who is black and has a brain that actually functions. Also, it's nice to have a guy in charge whose first response isn't "let's bomb the hell out of'em, then become diplomatic." We're not stupid, ugly, or morally unjust people for the most part; we just embrace freedom. That's why there're so many looney's over here. Although it's safe to say that, on America's behalf, we all apologize for the past 8 years we put the world through. That was just ignorance at its worst. Peace everyone.

RonBurgundy

on November 05, 2009 at 6:08pm

Would Tim McVey be sent to Guantanamo? Or Scott Roeder? Or how about Eric Rudolph?

Jade

on November 05, 2009 at 6:06pm

americans have the worst and ugliest record in history! black/white racism, mexican immigrants abuses.. screwing world economy, don't forget the long list of wars, check it here:
http://americanhistory.about.com/library/timelines/bltimelineuswars.htm

worst they are ignorant and what supposed to be their brain is controlled by the mainstream media, after the invasion of Iraq and abu ghraib scandal + guantanamo .. america lost its makeup and revealed its ugly face!

charliesdsjf

on November 05, 2009 at 6:04pm

Keeping them in Guantanamo means you paying for their dedicated health treatment/food/security/staff though tax pay. Isn't it easier and cheaper just to put them in prison? I'm sure their new 'jail-mates' will make things confortable for them in a way that'll keep the public happy.

ronaldReagan

on November 05, 2009 at 5:55pm

Sure but 911 was an inside job and the guys who did it are still loose and many of the guys in gitmo are innocent.

rgc

on November 05, 2009 at 5:39pm

Brazil's quite a joke... We are not peaceful, we just have an underfunded army that can barely defend our borders from the cocaine traffic. If a nation is ever intended to be a world power, a strong army is mandatory at least for deterrence.
And yes, Osama and islamist extremists whould love to blow up Brazil too, we are as 'western' as the United States and those lunatics wouldn't care about it, they're not rational.

roxspyder

on November 05, 2009 at 5:26pm

@GRAPEVINE: AMEN brother. Only I believe that suspected terrorists should be SHOT ON SIGHT!!!!!
Then ask a question...... Or 2........
BORN IN THE USA 2

Bino BR

on November 05, 2009 at 4:49pm

well, dear BITU, These guys wouldn´t do any harm in MY country because we are a nation with a history of peace, underestanding and non interference, so pretty much everyone else likes us. I´m sure this may be a strange notion to stuborn right wingers, especialy tose Born In The USA....

Bino BR

on November 05, 2009 at 4:44pm

Well, BITU, They wouldn´t do any harm to my country, because we are a nation with a history of peace and underestanding, so pretty much everyone likes us. That may be a strange notion to a stubborn american like you....

Laid2rest

on November 05, 2009 at 4:39pm

How the fuck do you know who is inside these camps what if they stick your ass in there one day jus becuz sum1 doesnt like your face and they have the power to misuse the power they have? dumb fuck use ur fucking brain why the fuck cant the media be allowed inside? the media covers every single story here in the states why not this? "detainment facilities for ![suspected]! terrorists" i dont give a fuck about a terrorist fuck em but what if ur father or ur brother or sum1 u know thats not a terrorist is WRONGFULLY SUSPECTED gets fucked inside this place then we'll see how much u care. the assholes that did 9/11 they shouldnt be in guantanamo they should be fucking dead.. its all a game bro think about it .. i dont think it matters to usama bin laden if his bend over buddies are being held up in guantanamo or on us soil... if he was able to do something he would do it on the united states not fucking cuba.. it makes no sense to keep this fucking hell hole hidden from the public... its in our nature to HIDE SOMETHING When we know someone wont like what we have done

volton

on November 05, 2009 at 4:19pm

@GRAPEVINE: Bruce would be ashamed of you...

GRAPEVINE

on November 05, 2009 at 4:13pm

I would rather keep the jackasses who done the 911 at the World Trade Center in Guantanamo, than have them running free, or maybe send them to you country so they can do the same to you. BORN IN THE USA