Taxi to the Dark Side (Gibney, 2007)

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Would you torture this man to death if someone told you he was a terrorist?

A well deserved Academy Award (for best documentary) went to Gibney’s investigation into the policies and practices that created the Abu Ghraib scandal. Eschewing sensationalistic tactics and avoiding an over-reliance on the photos themselves (which appear but aren’t the final word), Taxi builds persuasive force until the viewers amazement reaches a level of disbelief.

Take a good look at the photo to the right, because this man died of homicide while in the custody of the American government. That is not my opinion, or Gibney’s. It is what it says on the death certificate given to his family by the representatives of the government whose agents killed him.

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