Kevin Macdonald: ‘It was obvious Mohamedou has a writer’s soul, but I couldn’t see it as a film’
Translating the story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s unjust imprisonment at Guantánamo to screen was a challenge the Oscar-winning director nearly turned down. But then he met the Mauritanian himself
The story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s arrest by US government agencies and his subsequent imprisonment without trial, as told in his bestselling memoir Guantánamo Diary, seems almost tailor-made for cinema.
During the months following 9/11, the Mauritanian electrical engineer was captured at his home, underwent “extraordinary rendition” and ended up in solitary confinement at the notorious American prison on the island of Cuba. There he was repeatedly tortured until he signed...
Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!
All Digital Access + eReader
Unlimited Access for 1 Month, €19.99 Monthly thereafter
*New subscribers only
€149 For the 1st Year
Unlimited Access for 1 Year
90 Day Pass
Unlimited Access for 2 Years
Get a Business Account for you and your team
Sound of Metal: Finding new meaning in the sound of silence
Appetite for distraction: Our pick of home entertainment
Your weekly guide to the best podcasts, streamed TV and video games around