Orlando filmmaker shooting documentary on Guantanamo

Orlando filmmaker shooting documentary on Guantanamo

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Orlando filmmaker Trevor Ward could be describing your town.

"There are cheerleaders, they have swimming pools, water parks," he said.  "This is where I had a B.B. gun and was in the Cub Scouts."

Most people would never think of Guantanamo Bay as "Mayberry," "Pleasantville," or  "the safest place in America."  It's more often associated with images of terrorists and calls for a shutdown.

Critics from President Obama on down argue that the U.S. Navy base, where terrorist suspects are detained doesn't represent American values.  Ward's take?

"People who lived on 'Gitmo' it's like some sort of strange fraternity. People feel like they have something special and they have something really good."

He is in the process of making a documentary, interviewing just some of the thousands of Americans who have lived on the base over the decades.

"I think once they understand what it is, they may have a different reality of what it means to close Gitmo and form their opinion that way," said Ward.

When the film is finished, he hopes you might see Guantanamo as a home, not so different from your own.   The production team will travel to the base in Cuba within the next few weeks to begin filming the documentary.  It expected to be released next year.

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