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Writer (WGA):
Alex Gibney (written by)
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Release Date:
23 January 2009 (Brazil) See more »
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In 2002, a young cab driver picked up a few passengers near his home in Afghanistan... He never returned.
Plot:
An in-depth look at the torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 9 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Alex Gibney ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brian Keith Allen ... Soldier - New York studio shoot reenactment
Moazzam Begg ... Himself - Torture Victim (as Moazzam Beg)
Christopher Beiring ... Himself - Captain
Willie Brand ... Himself - Military Police

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Cafferty ... Himself (archive footage)
Brian Cammack ... Himself - Military Police
William Cassara ... Himself - Attorney
Doug Cassel ... Himself - Professor
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Cloonan ... Himself - Former FBI Agent
Damien Corsetti ... Himself - Military Interrogator
Thomas Curtis ... Himself - Sergeant: Military Police

Greg D'Agostino ... Soldier - New York studio shoot reenactment
Ken Davis ... Himself - US Army Sgt.
Lynndie England ... Herself (archive footage)
Tommy Franks ... Himself - General (archive footage)
Carlotta Gall ... Herself - New York Times Reporter
John Galligan ... Himself - Attorney
Frank Gibney ... Himself (as Frank B. Gibney)
Tim Golden ... Himself - New York Times Reporter
Alberto Gonzales ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles A. Graner ... Himself (archive footage)
Gita Gutierrez ... Herself - Attorney
David Hayden ... Himself - Colonel (archive footage)
Donald O. Hebb ... Himself - Behavioral Psychologist
Scott Hennen ... Himself (archive footage) (voice)
Jay Hood ... Himself - Brigadier General
Scott Horton ... Himself - President of the International League for Human Rights
John Hutson ... Himself - Rear Admiral
Maan Kaassamani ... Detainee - New York studio shoot reenactment
Anthony Lagouranis ... Himself - Military Intelligence (as Tony Lagouranis)
Eric Lahammer ... Himself - Military Interrogator
Carl Levin ... Himself - Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee
Steven Loring ... Himself - Sergeant

John McCain ... Himself (archive footage)
Alfred W. McCoy ... Himself - Professor of Political History
James McGarrah ... Himself - Rear Admiral
Dan McNeill ... Himself - General (archive footage) (voice)
Geoffrey D. Miller ... Himself - Major General (archive footage)
Alberto J. Mora ... Himself - General Counsel of the US Navy
Anthony Morden ... Himself - Sergeant: Military Police
Dan Mori ... Himself - Major
Richard Myers ... Himself - General, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (archive footage)
Karyn Plonsky ... Soldier - New York studio shoot reenactment

Colin Powell ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Reed ... Himself - Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee (archive footage)

Condoleezza Rice ... Herself (archive footage)

Donald Rumsfeld ... Himself - U.S. Secretary of Defense (archive footage)
Selena Salcedo ... Herself - Sergeant
Randall M. Schmidt ... Himself - Lieutenant General
Clive Stafford Smith ... Himself - Lawyer
Glendale Walls ... Himself - Military Intelligence
Lawrence Wilkerson ... Himself - US Army Colonel
Tom Wilner ... Himself - Attorney
Carolyn A. Wood ... Herself - Captain (archive footage)
John Yoo ... Himself - US Department of Justice

Tim Russert ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alex Gibney 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Alex Gibney (written by)

Produced by
Sidney Blumenthal .... executive producer
Don Edkins .... executive producer: Steps International
Hans Robert Eisenhauer .... commissioning editor: ZDF/Arte
Martin Fisher .... co-producer (as Marty Fisher)
Blair Foster .... co-producer
Alex Gibney .... producer
Don Glascoff .... executive producer
Mette Heide .... executive producer: Steps International
Mette Hoffman Meyer .... executive producer
Robert Johnson .... executive producer
Sloane Klevin .... co-producer
Eva Orner .... producer
Susannah Shipman .... producer
Jedd Wider .... executive producer
Todd Wider .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ivor Guest 
 
Cinematography by
Maryse Alberti 
Greg Andracke 
 
Film Editing by
Sloane Klevin 
 
Art Department
Michael Ahern .... carpenter: New York studio shoot, reenactment (as Mike Ahern)
Joe Cairo .... art director: New York studio shoot, reenactment
Amanda Ford .... production designer: New York studio shoot, reenactment
Gina Freedman .... props: New York studio shoot, reenactment
 
Sound Department
Felix Andrew .... sound mixer
Michael Boyle .... additional sound
Travis Call .... audio post supervisor
Margaret Crimmins .... sound designer
Jim Daumeyer .... additional sound
Don Grissom .... additional sound
Michael Isabell .... additional sound
Steve Osmon .... sound mixer
James Peterson .... additional sound (as Jimmy Peterson)
Brenda Ray .... additional sound
Len Schmitz .... additional sound
Greg Smith .... sound designer
Paul Thompson .... additional sound
Tony Volante .... sound re-recording mixer
Claudia Woloshin .... additional sound
 
Visual Effects by
Craig Davis .... visual effects designer: Version2
Tim Farrell .... visual effects designer: Version2
Lydia Holness .... head of production: Version2
Lydia Holness .... visual effects producer: Version2
Kelley McDermott .... visual effects producer: Version2
Mike McKenna .... visual effects designer: Version 2
Rebecca Mitchell .... assistant visual effects producer: Version2
Federico Saenz-Recio .... visual effects designer: Version2
Kieran Walsh .... inferno artist: Version2
Kieran Walsh .... visual effects creative director: Version2
 
Stunts
Elliot Santiago .... stunt coordinator: New York studio shoot, reenactment
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Felix Andrew .... additional cinematographer
Ben Bloodwell .... assistant camera
Mariusz Cichon .... assistant camera
Nate Clapp .... assistant camera (as Nate Clap)
Luis Colon .... grip
Matt Green .... additional cinematographer
Andrew B. Hansen .... gaffer (as Andrew Hanson)
Roger Holliday .... assistant camera (as Roger Holiday)
Peter Jouvenal .... additional cinematographer
Idris Kabulzad .... additional cinematographer
Brian Leach .... gaffer
Chris Li .... additional cinematographer
Alan McIntyre Smith .... gaffer (as Alan Smith)
Étienne Sauret .... additional cinematographer (as Etienne Sauret)
Brett Wiley .... additional cinematographer
Claudia Woloshin .... assistant camera
 
Animation Department
Craig Davis .... animator: Version2
Tim Farrell .... animator: Version2
Mike McKenna .... animator: Version2
Federico Saenz-Recio .... animator: Version2
 
Casting Department
Daphne McWilliams .... executive director of casting: New York studio shoot, reenactment
Christine Nelson .... casting: New York studio shoot, reenactment
 
Editorial Department
Marc Brown .... film output: digital intermediate
Eric Bruggemann .... additional editor
Tim Farrell .... on-line editor: Version2
Nick Fraser .... commissioning editor: BBC Storyville
Lindy Jankura .... assistant editor
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Scot Olive .... colorist: PostWorks (as Scott Olive)
Leigh Anne Sides .... assistant editor
Don Wyllie .... on-line editor: high definition. Frame: Runner
 
Music Department
Fred Ala .... musician: acoustic guitar
Cameron Craig .... recording and mix engineer
Amar Dhanjan .... musician: singer
Adam Green .... musician: steel guitar and electric guitar
Mario Grigorov .... composer: additional music
Ivor Guest .... musician: keyboards and arrangements
Robert Logan .... musician: keyboards
Faheem Mahzar .... musician: singer
John McCullough .... music supervisor
Philip Sheppard .... musician: cello and electric cello
Paul Wassif .... musician: dobro
 
Other crew
Lisa Andracke .... production assistant
Richard Dworkin .... transcripts: Transcripts Associates
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... production counsel: Sloss Law (as Jackie Eckhouse)
Salimah El-Amin .... researcher (as Salimah El Amin)
Ben Fine .... end titles
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... production accountant (as Jennifer Freed)
Garren Givens .... intern
Lisa Gray .... intern
Rahmat Haqmal .... translator
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Charlie Hoxie .... intern
Nick Johnson .... intern
David Joray .... production assistant
Barbara Karen .... production accountant
Marzia Milanesi .... publicist
Dana O'Keefe .... sales agent
Amanda Ritchie .... production assistant
Peter Russotti .... production coordinator
Marcia Rutledge .... insurance: Marsh Entertainment Insurance
Hanif Sherzad .... fixer: Afghanistan
Ben Sozanski .... production assistant
Ben Sozanski .... researcher
Robert Stein .... legal counsel: Pryor Cashman Sherman & Flynn
Rebecca Wexler .... intern
Crystal Whelan .... production coordinator
Jordan Young .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Frank Gibney .... dedicatee (as Frank B. Gibney)
 

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Rated R for disturbing images, and content involving torture and graphic nudity
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106 min | Finland:53 min (TV)
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Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba) | Canada:R (British Columbia) | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | USA:R
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Himself - Military Interrogator:You put people into a crazy situation, people will do crazy things.See more »
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Featured in The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV)See more »

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90 out of 118 people found the following review useful.
Impacting film that stands as a good summary of the issue, 11 December 2007
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

In 2002 taxi driver Dilawar was picked up by US forces with his passengers in the desert and taken to Bagram prison in Afghanistan. Five days later he was dead. Injuries to his legs were compared with those he would have sustained if he had been run over by a truck – had he lived it was likely that his legs would have had to have been amputated due to the damage. With this as the starting point, this documentary tells the story of the role of "torture" in the war on terror, from Abu Ghraid to Guantanamo.

Having put Gibney's documentary on Enron as one of my ten favourite films of 2005, I eagerly took up the opportunity the UK (and much of Europe) had to catch this on television ahead of the full release in the US in 2008. Shown as part of the BBC's excellent "Why Democracy" series of films, this one opened with the caption question "can terrorism destroy democracy?". To the casual listener the question appears to be about the ability of terrorists to bring down what we see as Government (ie by crashing planes into it) but really the question in regards this film appears to be more about whether our idea of freedom and democracy can survive the way we fight terrorism. As a result this film is about the use of "torture" against terrorist suspects, specifically focusing on the United States.

The reader may be wondering why the focus (in the title) on Dilawar. Well I did too because he died in Bagram and his story sadly ends there, while the vast majority of the film focuses on the infamous examples of torture and inhumane treatment in the other places. Well it turns out that Dilawar is a device and one that the film uses very well. The morality of the use of torture is not black and white and of course the usual "ticking time bomb" scenario is thrown up; the film does counter this by suggesting that the weekly scenarios in Fox's 24 are not the norm (to say the least) but the best answer to most of the moral questions are simply to refer back to a taxi driver who died after five days in captivity with horrific injuries – the film doesn't say he was innocent but it doesn't need to – nobody suggests he was evil or a key player either, but yet he is dead. This hangs over the film even though he is not the focus after the first twenty minutes.

What the film does from then on in is paint a picture of lack of respect for humanity, lack of respect for international laws, lack of accountability and lack of transparency. The film plays a clip of Rumsfeld speaking on the (then) allegations of mistreatment and says that it will be looked into so that "the world will see how a free system, a democratic system, functions and operates"; well he was right – and it is not pretty viewing. As with Enron, Gibney does betray his politics and the film has very little in the way of even handedness about the debate. This is a little disappointing in regards the debate but the overwhelming nature of the presentation of arrogance and carelessness did make wonder how you would balance these issues – certainly the quotes I have heard down the years from politicians have not been able to convince. Certainly a clip of Bush talking about "suspected terrorists" who have died, or as he says "put it this way – they're no longer a problem to the United States"; the fact that he acknowledges they are "suspects" rather than convicts but yet sees their death as a good thing says it all.

Considering this issue is everywhere in the media, Gibney does very well to structure his film to build it from the ground up. Not only does he use the words of the Bush administration against them ("the only thing I know for certain is that these are bad people") but he also details the wider political picture beyond the blame that was dumped onto Lynndie England, Charles Graner and others. He does this very well, bringing in the input of John Yoo and the terribly smarmy Alberto Gonzales. Even after the photographs in the paper, seeing the unedited video and hearing firsthand accounts from both sides is shocking and disturbing affair – again, how would you set out to "balance" these? Beyond the issue of torture I found the lack of accountability and ownership to be just as shocking as privates are floated down the river while those in charge never face worse than early retirement. The biggest challenge with this material is to keep it as a valid piece of work even as the topic grows daily and that many will be tired of hearing about it – just this last week or so we have seen more debate and also the CIA deleting old tapes of interrogations (tapes that Bush has "no recollection" of existing); however Gibney brings the film to a close well, making it feel like something that can stand still and still work – the personal touch of his late father's comments at the end (himself a WWII Navy interrogator) talking about how "we" should be different than "them", making for a suitable summing up of why the film is important.

Another strong documentary from Gibney despite the lack of balance and the challenges with the topic. It deserves to be seen by a bigger audience than it has been, even if it won't make the difference it should do. Depressing to think that, decades from now people will look back on this and wonder how on earth we allowed our leaders to do this in our names and let them get away with it.

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