Winchester native and author M.C. Armstrong at Alamo for book signing and screening of “The Mauritanian” | Winchester Star

KERNSTOWN – The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is showing the film “The Mauretanian” with a live introduction and presentation by Winchester native MC Armstrong.

The screening starts on Saturday at 6.15 p.m.

Armstrong is the author of The Mysteries of Haditha, published by Potomac Books in 2020 and nominated for Best Memoir at the 2021 American Book Festival.

Armstrong was embedded by Joint Special Operations Forces in Iraq’s Al Anbar province in 2008. He published a number of articles on the Iraq War through The Winchester Star. He is the winner of a Pushcart award, and his fiction and non-fiction books have appeared in Esquire, The Missouri Review, The Gettysburg Review, Wrath-Bearing Tree, Epiphany, War, Literature and Art, The Literary Review, and other magazines and anthologies.

He teaches writing at Guilford College and is doing his PhD on America’s post-9/11 military writers from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He currently teaches “Guantánamo Diary”, on which the book “The Mauretanian” is based.

Armstrong is also the guitarist and lead singer-songwriter for Viva la Muerte, an original Greensboro rock and roll band that occasionally performs in Winchester.

Armstrong will be available to sign copies of “The Mysteries of Haditha” after the screening. Copies of the book will be available for purchase from the Winchester Book Gallery at the event.

“The Mauretanian” is a legal 2021 drama film directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald (“Touching the Void”, “Whitney”). The film is based on Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s 2015 memoir “Guantánamo Diary”, a true story about Slahi’s experience of being detained at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center for 14 years without charge.

The movie stars Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, Shailene Woodley and Benedict Cumberbatch. Jodie Foster was named Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress for her work in the film.

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