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Mohamedou Ould Slahi fights for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years.


Kevin Macdonald


Michael Bronner (screenplay by) (as M.B. Traven), Rory Haines (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tahar Rahim ... Mohamedou Ould Slahi
Nouhe Hamady Bari Nouhe Hamady Bari ... Mohamedou's Niece
Saadna Hamoud Saadna Hamoud ... Groom at Wedding
Mohamed Yeslem Mousse Mohamed Yeslem Mousse ... Wedding Guest
Mohamed Abderrahmane Arava Mohamed Abderrahmane Arava ... Wedding Guest
Aly Deyde Aly Deyde ... Wedding Guest
El Hocine Aba El Hocine Aba ... Wedding Guest (as El Hacen Aba)
Baya Belal Baya Belal ... Mohamedou's Mother
Baba Mine Baba Mine ... Deddahi
Lemrabott Zeine Sidamar Lemrabott Zeine Sidamar ... Policeman
Yenje Abdellahi Yenje Abdellahi ... Policeman
Jodie Foster ... Nancy Hollander
Shailene Woodley ... Teri Duncan
Clayton Boyd ... Lawyer
Denis Ménochet ... Emmanuel


Based on the NY Times best-selling memoir "Guantánamo Diary" by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, this is the true story of Slahi's fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years. Alone and afraid, Slahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander and her associate Teri Duncan who battle the U.S. government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client at every turn. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by a formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch, uncovers shocking truths and ultimately proves that the human spirit cannot be locked up. Written by STXfilms

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence including a sexual assault, and language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Hollander tells Slahi that they will be suing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Jodie Foster appeared in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) with Scott Glenn, who also played Rumsfeld in W. (2008). See more »


When Mohamedou asks detainee 'Marseille' in French if the place Marseille is located at sea (la mer), the subtitles wrongly translate 'la mer' as 'ocean'. Marseille is located at the Mediterranean Sea. See more »


Nancy Hollander: I wanna know who's name I should cite when I contact the National Security desk at the New York Times. You tell your C.O., I don't wanna see my client in shackles ever again.
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That's how US government is?
5 April 2021 | by ks-60500See all my reviews

Given it's a real case and I believe in any single details in the movie. Even criminal have rights for trial but not for a suspect in this case. It's quite irony a country advocate human rights happen such a case. Tip of the iceberg of victim case I wonder.

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Release Date:

2 March 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guantanamo Diary See more »

Filming Locations:

Mauritania See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$163,789, 14 February 2021

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1.33 : 1
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