Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Uyghurs, Prisoners of the Absurd
(Ouïghours, Prisonniers de l'absurde)

Year: 2014
Country: CANADA
Run Time: 99 minutes

Uyghurs, Prisoners of the Absurd
Uyghurs, Prisoners of the Absurd
Uyghurs, Prisoners of the Absurd
Uyghurs, Prisoners of the Absurd
Uyghurs, Prisoners of the Absurd
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Uyghurs are a Turkic Islamic group living in the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region in China, an area they refer to as East Turkistan. A 1997 march for religious freedom resulted in their violent oppression by the Communist Party. UYGHURS, PRISONERS OF THE ABSURD follows the travails of three members of this persecuted group who escaped China for the Middle East, only to be captured and sold as terrorists to American forces. Following 9/11, the United States announced a reward for information leading to the capture of Taliban leaders. Sold by Afghanis for U.S. dollars, the Uyghurs were sent to Guantánamo, linked with no evidence to worldwide terror networks. Civil rights advocates helped them challenge their detention in federal court. Yet even after a judge ordered them freed, they continued to languish in captivity because the U.S. had nowhere to send them. The Uyghurs’ horrifyingly surreal odyssey should never have happened. We must not allow it to happen again. (In English, Uyghur, and Mandarin with subtitles) – B.B.

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Sidebar
Pan-Asian Films

Competition
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Director
Patricio Henrı´quez

Patricio Henríquez worked as a director for Chilean television before moving to Montréal following the overthrow of the Allende government. He directed a film in Lebanon before working for television in Quebec. Henríquez has won over 60 international awards.

Filmography
"Juchitan, Queer Paradise" (2002), "Images of a Dictatorship" (2004), "Desobediencia" (2005), "Under the Hood: A Voyage into the World of Torture" (2008), "Four Days Inside Guantanamo" (2010), UYGHURS, PRISONERS OF THE ABSURD (2014)

Producers
Patricio Henríquez, Colette Loumède, Michelle Sheppard

Cinematography
Sylvestre Guidi, Patricio Henríquez

Editing
Andrea Henríquez

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