Freedom Is a Big Word

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    Freedom Is a Big Word

    Directed by

    Uruguay, Brazil


    71 min

    • English
    • Spanish
    • Arabic


    Guantánamo Bay, and then what? After 13 years, a 38-year-old Palestinian named Muhammad is released from the notorious detention camp, where he was starved, tortured and humiliated. He gets the chance to start a new life in Uruguay, where he'll get a home and welfare money. He has two years, then he'll be on his own. We follow Muhammad, a calm and very devout man, as he goes about his daily life, starting with his arrival in his new homeland and continuing until the end of the two years. He studies Spanish, learns to drive, prays, takes courses, calls his mother, and together with his Uruguayan wife looks for clothes for the baby they're expecting. He's resigned as he grapples with the local bureaucracy, but his eyes speak volumes. At well-timed moments, we hear him talking in voice-over about his traumatic experiences in Guantánamo. Most of all, we see him looking for work, but who will take him on?



    Andres Boero
    Guillermo Rocamora
    Guillermo Rocamora

    Guillermo Rocamora


    He was born in Uruguay in 1981. Studied Comunication at the Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay. In 2005 participates in a script seminary at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Tel evision, Cuba.Worked us production assistant in the film Whisky by Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll. Participated as second assistant director in the film La Perrera by Manuel Nieto. On november 2004 directed his first short film Conexiones(S16mm.). Worked us assistant director for Juan Pablo Rebella, Pablo Stoll, Federico Veiroj and Erick Zonka. On November 2006 writes with Javier Palleiro the short film Buen Viaje. FREEDOM IS A BIG WORD is his latest documentary which premieres at IDFA.