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The President Versus David Hicks

  Directed by: Bentley Dean, Curtis Levy
Written by: Bentley Dean, Curtis Levy
Starring: Terry Hicks
Genre: Documentary
Awards: AFI Awards: Best Documentary 2004 (winner)

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"From Australia to a small cage in Cuba" - a review by pearly

David Hicks is an Australian man who was captured by American troops in Afghanistan, allegedly hanging out with the Taliban. He has been detained at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba ever since, without having been given a trial.

In The President Versus David Hicks, filmmakers Bentley Dean and Curtis Levy follow David's father, Terry Hicks, as he traces the steps which led his son to join the Taliban. From country Australia to Japan, then to Pakistan and beyond, David's life for the few years before his capture during the "War on Terror" make a fascinating story: what was it that made this young man with two children effectively turn his back on all that he had known, and embrace the life of a devout Muslim?

Told through letters that David sent to his parents, as well as via interviews with his family and friends, and then his father's re-enactment of David's travels, this documentary is basically a fly-on-the-wall piece, and doesn't attempt to offer judgement. Indeed, neither does David's family, with Terry's main message throughout his travels being simply that David deserves a trial, and not that he was right or wrong.

This documentary offers quite a different perspective on some of the events since September 11, and it's interesting to get an Australian point of view that is still relevant to what's going on. Good stuff.

pearly gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 13 Sep 2004

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