The Mauritanian is a real-life story. The September of 9th, 2001 attacks or 9/11 attacks became known as one of the most significant terrorist attacks ever. Well-coordinated and planned terrorist activities took place in which four attacks were continuously made by a Wahhabi terrorist organization called Al-Qaida. The attacks took place in Manhattan, New York. The 19 terrorists who hijacked four planes, which were crashed into the World Trade Center, the twin towers were demolished within few minutes. There were nearly 3000 fatalities, and more than 25000 people were injured.
The 47-story building, along with ten other massive structures were damaged. The Pentagon was attacked by the third plane, and the fourth plane was headed towards Washington DC, and it crashed on a field. Attacks were not just an incident it was one of the biggest terrorist attacks ever. After those attacks, internal security and intelligence quickly took charge to find those terrorists who planned this havoc.
The movie reveals a story after the attacks. It is adapted from a book written by Mohamedeou Ould Salahi, who was imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay for 14 years after the suspicion of being involved in the 9/11 attacks. In 2016, he was released from the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The book is a best-selling memoir named Guantanamo Diary. The time after the attacks brought a harsh side of the government and the failure of the justice system to a questionable phase. Intelligence and other security services came together to investigate each person possible who could be related in any form.
The Mauritanian: a synopsis
Mohamed Ould Salahi (Tahar Rahim) is held in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp without a charge or possibility of trial. He was under arrest on suspicion of being an associate to the terrorists and is a part of the 9/11 attacks, so he was kept in prison by the government. Salahi lost all his hope of ever getting out of the prison and free himself of the torture which he faced during the investigation. It is said that at that particular time, there were hundreds of imprisonments, mostly those who were suspected to be a part of the terrorist organization. Muslims were their first target, who was chased down. Salahi’s time in prison was the toughest time through which one can go. The torture that he has faced and the treatment that he got without having a charge against him.
However, to his rescue, Defence Attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate named Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) came together to take on this case. Salahi, subjected to torture, lost all his hopes to get justice. At first, he did not cooperate at all. In their pursuit for justice, they come across obstacles impenetrable. It seemed an inextricable task. In the meantime, they get to face the prosecutor from the military, Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), who seemed to be absolute about Salahi being a terrorist. However, through all these tough situations, their investigation and hard work came to be fruitful.
The opposition from Colonel Stuart Couch was fierce. Truth never seizes to have victory over falsehood. The evidence was soon retrieved, uncovering all the lies. The conspiracy was unfolded. And after a long struggle with the justice system, freedom is achieved. During that extended part of his life, he remained inside those boundaries and wrote everything about his life inside confinement.
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Development of The Mauritanian and Accolades:
The first announcement regarding this movie came in November 2019. Kevin McDonald was chosen as director. Its filming started in South Africa on 2nd December. The film is written by M.B. Traven, Rory Haines, and Sohrab Noshirvani. The name of this movie has been changed several times. First, it was named Guantanamo Diary; during the production, its name was changed to Prisoner 760, and by the time it was on the floor to be released, the name was changed to The Mauritanian.
The movie is already being selected for various sections of the award category. It was nominated in Golden Globe Awards for the category of Best Actor in a motion picture in Drama, for which the recipient is Tahar Rahim. And the other category is the Best supporting actress in a motion picture, for which the recipient is Jodie Foster. The film was also nominated in London Film Critics’ Circle awards for Film of the Year, Director of the Year, and Actor of the Year, for which recipients were Kevin McDonald and Tahar Rahim.
Cast and Characters:
The main cast and characters are as follows:
Jodie Foster – Nancy Hollander
Tahar Rahim – Mohamedeou Ould Salahi
Shailene Woodley as Teri Duncan
Benedict Cumberbatch – Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch
Zachery Levi – Neil Buckland
Saamer Usmani – Arjun
The Mauritanian Release dates:
The Mauritanian’s distribution rights were bought by STX entertainment. It will be released in the UK on 26th February 2021. The film might be available on rent in Amazon Prime Video and Google Play Store. The Covid-19 pandemic has played a major role in delaying its release and marketing.