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FRONTLINE: Out of Gitmo

Go inside the controversial military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the U.S. has held terror suspects for years without charges.

In the first segment, NPR and WGBH News correspondent Arun Rath follows the trail of one of the most recently released detainees from Gitmo to Serbia, where the government sent the former terror suspect. Rath, who has been covering Gitmo for years, talks with officials inside the camp and in Washington, including former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, exploring the challenges and complexities of releasing men who were never charged with a crime but were once considered too great a risk to let go.

Rath's reporting continues in a second segment, Forever Prison. In collaboration with Retro Report, the film draws on extensive and rare archival footage to tell the little known story of how the military base came to be used to hold people beyond the reach of U.S. law. It happened a decade before 9/11, when some 70,000 Haitian refugees fled their country, seeking asylum in the U.S. in the wake of a bloody coup.

Together, in a one-hour, two-part report, Out of Gitmo and Forever Prison provide essential context for the continuing debate on what to do with the people still there - and what will happen to the camp going forward.

Producer: Bonnie Bertram, James Jacoby
Production Company: WGBH; National Public Radio; Left/Right
Production Year: 2017
Copyright Year: 2017
Director: James Jacoby
Host: Arun Rath
Writers: Bonnie Bertram, James Jacoby
Discs: 1
Subtitles: Y
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen