In the absence of images of the case, Palau's former president explains in a short interview what really happened to six former detainees that were transferred from the US detention camp at Guantánamo Bay to this pacific Island in 2009.
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Palau - Blue Sky. The case of Guantanamo detainees in Palau
The documentary “Palau – Blue Sky” is about the fate of six men and the conflicted relationship between the international world and Central Asia: the American invasion of Afghanistan in 2002, the U.S. detention camp in Guantánamo, Cuba, China's regiment in the western province of Xinjiang, and the Sino-American conflict over global zones of interest and influence.
Back in 2010, two German filmmakers set out to document the unreal, uncanny arrival of six Uyghurs in Palau, a small island state in the South Seas that was supposed to host the former Guantánamo prisoners. After more than seven years at the US detention camp, and under the pressure and influence of both the American and Chinese governments, the six men preferred to continue to remain invisible and not present themselves directly to the camera or the public. So that the story of their odyssey is told in this film by Johnson Toribiong, then president of Palau.