The motion picture THE MAURITANIAN, based on Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s inspiring New York Times best-selling memoir, ‘Guantánamo Diary’, is helmed by Kevin Macdonald, the Academy Award® winning director of One Day in September (Best Documentary, Features), Whitney, How I Live Now and The Last King of Scotland which garnered multiple awards including a Best Actor Academy Award® for Forrest Whittaker.
THE MAURITANIAN follows the remarkable true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim) who was captured by the U.S. government and imprisoned for years without trial at Guantanamo Bay (GTMO). It is an inspiring account of survival against all odds as Slahi, in his fight for freedom, finds allies in defence attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley). Through Nancy and Teri’s controversial advocacy and evidence uncovered by formidable military prosecutor Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), a shocking and far-reaching conspiracy is revealed. THE MAURITANIAN is a commentary on the importance of the Rule of Law and extremism of all kinds, but is also a tender, funny, uplifting film about Mohamedou, an extraordinary man whose humanity triumphed, leaving those around him profoundly changed. Read our review HERE
Oscar winning Director Kevin MacDonald talks to us about, ‘The Mauritanian’…anmd where he keeps his Oscar!