Guantanamo Bay, and then what? After 13 years, a 38-year-old Palestinian named Mohammed is released from the notorious detention camp, where he was starved, tortured and humiliated. Under this regime he was given a choice: to stay in Guantanamo or to start a new life in Uruguay, the only country that opened its doors to the detainee. There he would get a home and welfare money for two years, then he would be on his own.
We follow Mohammed, 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-year support period. He studies Spanish, learns to drive, prays, takes courses, gets in touch with his Palestinian family and, together with his Uruguayan wife, faces the challenge of his new life. 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 Guantanamo. Most of all, we see him looking for work, but who will take him on? Freedom is a Big Word shows how goodwill can descend into a sense of impotence in this confrontation with reality and reveals the complexity of the whole situation.