Kurnaz is German, and was arrested in Pakistan in 2001. He was handed over to the US authorities then detained at Guantánamo for over five years. Despite unimaginable torture, Kurnaz never gave up his innocence. Based on a true story.
Turkish-German Murat Kurnaz was held from 2001 to 2006 in American detention camps in Afghanistan and at Guantánamo Bay. He was 19 when, as a fresh convert to Islam, he was on a pilgrimage to Pakistan and was promptly arrested on suspicion of terrorism. FIVE YEARS is based on true events and tells his story: how he was tortured and interrogated continuously and mercilessly at Guantánamo Bay.
The film concentrates on the harsh struggle between Kurnaz and his American interrogator, Gail Holford, who tries to win his trust in order to get him to confess, while the physical and psychological torture goes on. It cost Kurnaz enormous willpower to maintain his innocence under this pressure.
Sascha Alexander Gersak Ben Miles Sinan Al-Kuri
Director of Photography
Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach (teamworx Television & Film), Studio Babelsberg
Jörg Schulze (cine plus Filmproduktion)
Filmförderungsanstalt, Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Nord Media