The Confession

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The Confession

Former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg speaks frankly about his experiences

Moazzam Begg is a complicated man with a complicated backstory: a British Muslim born in Birmingham, he spent time at Islamic training camps in Afghanistan, travelled to Bosnia during the war and returned to Afghanistan under the Taliban. He was imprisoned without trial in Guantanamo Bay for almost three years before returning to face trial at home in the UK on terrorism charges, which were later dropped. He may have more reason than most to be angry at the world, but in this no-frills doc he speaks cogently and compassionately about his experiences and his outlook on life, love, religion and the war on terror.

‘The Confession’ is little more than a platform for Begg to speak his mind, and your reaction to it will depend on whether you think he’s a hero, a traitor, naive or some combination of the three. Director Ashish Ghadiali never pushes hard, he’s happy to simply record Begg’s recollections. But that in itself is, mostly, enough: Begg is a fascinating, highly articulate individual, and his viewpoint on the world is worth sharing.

By: Tom Huddleston

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Rated: 15
Release date: Friday August 12 2016
Duration: 90 mins

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Director: Ashish Ghadiali
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