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Based on the New York Times bestselling memoir Guantánamo Diary, The Mauritanian follows the remarkable true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim), whom the US government imprisoned and tortured for 14 years without charge at Guantanamo Bay. In his fight for freedom, Slahi 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 military prosecutor Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), a shocking and far-reaching conspiracy is revealed. Directed by Kevin Macdonald, who helmed the Oscar-winning documentary One Day in September, The Mauritanian is a commentary on extremism and the importance of the rule of law — but it’s also a tender film about an extraordinary man whose humanity triumphed, leaving those around him profoundly changed.
Content advisories: scenes of torture, sexual violence