Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd (2014)

A documentary by Patricio Henríquez, a Chilean-Canadian filmmaker who fled repression in Chile and settled in Montreal in 1974, and who makes documentaries focusing on human rights. Here is a trailer and you can rent or buy the DVD on their official website or watch it on iTunes.


This feature documentary recounts the incredible odyssey of 22 men from China’s persecuted Uyghur minority who were detained in Guantánamo as terrorists. These Turkic-speaking Muslims, persecuted by the authorities in Beijing, escaped to the Middle East where they were captured and sold as terrorists to the American forces. From northern China to Guantánamo, Cuba, this new documentary by Patricio Henríquez charts the incredible odyssey of three of these “prisoners of the absurd,” linked to worldwide terror networks through no fault of their own.



I found some other short documentaries on the Uyghurs in Guantanamo while looking for this one: Uyghur Road to Guantanamo (Ajankohtaisohjelmat YLE), Uyghur Guantanamo Prisoners: A Strange Kind of Freedom (Witness).


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