The Guantanamo Trap

The Guantanamo Trap play

Documentary, 90 min.
Coproduction with foreign director


by Thomas Selim Wallner

Germany / Canada / Switzerland / France, April 2011

The story of four people whose biographies are inextricably linked with the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba: former prisoner Murat Kurnaz from Germany; Diane Beaver and Matt Diaz, two Army lawyers stationed in Guantanamo and active in the so-called “war on terror”; and the Spanish human rights lawyer Gonzalo Boye, who wants to put several Bush administration officials on trial for war crimes.


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Directed by: Thomas Selim Wallner
Written by: Thomas Selim Wallner, Manfred Becker

World Premiere: April 2011
Original Version: German/English/Spanish (german/french subtitles), colour, HD Cam , 90 min.

ISAN: 0000-0002-C853-0000-N-0000-0000-5

Production: zero one film GmbH, Guantanamo Trap Canada Productions Inc., T&C Film AG, Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, France Télévisions
Producer: Thomas Kufus, Amit Breuer, Marcel Hoehn
Executive Producer: Thomas Kufus

Cinematography: Filip Zumbrunn, Stéphane Kuthy
Editing: Manfred Becker
Location Sound Mix: Ludger Hennig, Ole von Öhsen
Music: Peter Scherer

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World Sales: First Hand Films

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Distribution Switzerland: Columbus Film AG
Distribution Canada: Kinosmith Inc.

Open / CloseAwards (a selection)

  • Toronto, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Special Jury Prize Canadian Feature 2011