Sundance premiere 'Camp X-Ray' uncovers Gitmo life
Kristen Stewart poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival, on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Kristen Stewart endures a fair share of abuse in her latest film.
In "Camp X-Ray," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, the actress stars as Amy Cole, a guard stationed at Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. prison in Cuba detaining terrorist suspects.
In the film Stewart takes an elbow to the face, is spit on and is splattered with feces.
But she learns such treatment is nothing compared to the harsh reality of the detainees, namely innocent prisoner Ali Amir, played by Peyman Moaadi, who she befriends.
Cast member Kristen Stewart smiles as she is interviewed at the premiere of the film "Camp X-Ray" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
"Are we doing the female soldier movie of our generation?" posed Stewart in a recent phone interview. "It gets that idea across, but it doesn't feel pushy. It's mad topical."
In a Q&A following the film's debut, Lane Garrison, who also plays a soldier in the film, said working on the movie shifted his thinking of Gitmo.
"I had a belief that everyone down there was responsible for 911," said Garrison. "After doing this film I started asking questions about Guantanamo Bay and come to find out that there are still men down there that no country wants and I started thinking 'What if there is a guy down there that is innocent that's not a terrorist. Does he deserve that day in court. It changed me to start asking questions and not just go along with the flow."