Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush

Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush

DIRECTED BY: Andreas Dresen COUTNRIES: Germany, France YEAR: 2022 LANGUAGES: German, Turkish, English SUBTITLES:German RUNTIME: 118 min WITH: Meltem Kaptan, Alexander Scheer, Charly Hübner, u.a. Rated:PGRECOMMENDED FOR 9th grade +

SECTION: Open Eyes 2022


Shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, 19-year-old Murat Kurnaz from Bremen is arrested on suspicion of terrorism and held without charge for 5 years in the US prison camp Guantánamo. The film is based on this true story and tells the story of Murat’s mother Rabiye’s tireless and protracted struggle for Murat’s release. When she sees her son on the news, she has no idea of the complex legal and diplomatic entanglements Murat is caught up in. Above all, the special military status of Guantánamo and the unwillingness of German politicians and authorities make Rabiye’s fight seem almost hopeless. In the lawyer Bernhard Docke, she finds a supporter who, together with her, fights for the rule of law “inch by inch” and even takes the case to the US Supreme Court.

“RABIYE KURNAZ VS. GEORGE W. BUSH is an optimistic story about justice, friendship and enormous perseverance. At the same time, the film shines a spotlight on a political scandal for which no one responsible has apologized to this day.” SWR 2 Kultur aktuell

#War on Terror #German Failure #Guantánamo

WEBSITE: https://rabiye.film/

EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL: https://www.kinofenster.de/filme/filmarchiv/kf2204-rkggwb-rabiye-kurnaz-gegen-george-w-bush-film/

PRODUCER: Claudia Steffen, Christoph Friedel SCRIPT: Laila Stieler CINEMATOGRAPHY: Andreas Höfer EDITOR: Jörg Hauschild MUSIC: Johannes Repka, Cenk Erdogan

PRODUCTION: Pandora Filmproduktoin GERMAN DISTRIBUTOR: Pandora Filmverleih (verleih@pandorafilm.com)