Harrowing ordeal of Guantánamo prisoner comes to the big screen

The Mauritanian tells the story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who was held in the notorious prison for 14 years without charge or trial

He was detained in Guantánamo Bay for 14 years without charge or trial, and wrote a bestselling memoir about his captivity and torture, which included sleep deprivation and beatings. Now Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s story will be told in a forthcoming feature film whose reconstruction of the US detention centre is so realistic that he became visibly distressed when he saw it.

Kevin Macdonald, the award-winning director of the film, titled The Mauritanian, said: “He came to the Guantánamo set. He was quite upset by it, so we didn’t let him stay very long.

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