The Weekend Film Series Presents: Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd
Canada / 99 minutes / Rated: 14A (Ontario)
In English, Mandarin and Uyghur with English subtitles
Bermuda resident Uyghur Khalil Mamut features prominently in this documentary film about the incredible odyssey of three of the 22 Uyghurs who were turned over to the United States military and held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Together with other detainees Mr. Mamut tells of his capture, his imprisonment for seven years – and his ultimate re-location to Bermuda in 2009. Career diplomat Daniel Fried, President Barack Obama’s special envoy, led a team that facilitated the transfer of detainees to countries willing to take them. In the film, he recounts how the agreement for Bermuda to take four Uyghurs came to fruition along with details of how quickly it came about. Director Patricio Henriquez’s film, produced by Canada’s National Film Board, charts the incredible odyssey of these “prisoners of the absurd”, who were ultimately released without charge.
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival
“A salute to human resilience.” – Eye for Film