Tahar Rahim as Slahi and Jodi Foster as Nancy Hollander Courtesy of STX Films
Kevin Macdonald is the director of The Mauritanian. A story based on the 2015 NY Times best-selling memoir “Guantánamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. A novel that was redacted by the U.S. Government where Slahi’s shares his fourteen years in Guatańamo Bay detention camp.
This is inspiring the true story of Slahi’s fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years. Alone and afraid, Slahi (Tahar Rahim, “The Past” ) finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster, “The Silence of the Lamp”) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley, “Divergent”) who battle the U.S. government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client at every turn. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by a formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch, “Star Trek Into Darkness”), uncovers shocking truths and ultimately proves that the human spirit cannot be locked up.
The academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald is a known for The Last King of Scotland, State of Play and How I Live Now. He is the grandson of the legendary filmmaker Emeric Pressburger. His debut as a filmmaker with the biography of his grandfather The Making of an Englishman. After several documentaries he made One Day in September. A film that won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 2000.
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Kevin Macdonald and I connected via Zoom to talk about The Mauritanian. Macdonald spoke about Jodie Foster’s performance and whether he believes Mohamedou Ould Slahi is innocent. In addition, his thoughts about his thoughts on the U.S. Government and Guantánamo.
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The Mauritanian is now in theaters and on Demand everywhere March 2, 2021
Source: LRM Online Exclusive