Around the world, the vast majority of people are strongly opposed to the continuing existence of the US detention facilities in Guantánamo Bay. In the US, however, polls have continually shown strong public support for it. This is probably what dissuaded Barack Obama
from closing it down when he took office in 2009 and it may yet dissuade Joe Biden
, who has expressed similar intentions. Despite that support, however, most US citizens now acknowledge that it practises torture. This is in significant part thanks to Mohamedou Ould Salahi
, whose memoir, Guantánamo Diary, described his experiences during the 14 years that he spent there without trial. In The Mauritanian
, Kevin Macdonald
sets out to tell his story and that of the legal battle for his release.
Long and complicated as the story is, it's difficult to condense into an audience-friendly format, and sometimes Michael Bronner
's script simplifies too much....