Lindsey Bahr
October 07, 2014 AT 07:58 PM EDT

Camp X-Ray may be about as far from Twilight as Kristen Stewart can get, but in her portrayal of a young guard serving at Guantanamo Bay, she does find herself back in the YA-lit world, if ever so briefly.

Her character, Private Amy Cole, starts to develop a delicate friendship with detainee Ali Amir (A Separation‘s Peyman Moaadi) when she discovers he’s a big fan of the Harry Potter books.

“The movie is really about their relationship and how they have to deal with each other on a day to day basis,” director Peter Sattler told EW after the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. “They have these weird ups and downs as they struggle to make their way through this.”

Check out an exclusive clip from the film below in which Amy Cole implores Ali Amir to follow the rules of the camp for his own well-being.

Camp X-Ray will be released in theaters and VOD on Oct. 17.

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