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Taxi to the Dark Side -- 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.
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23 January 2009 (Brazil) See more »
In 2002, a young cab driver picked up a few passengers near his home in Afghanistan... He never returned.
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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  (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 (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)

Directed by
Alex Gibney 
Writing credits
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
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
Frank Gibney .... dedicatee (as Frank B. Gibney)

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Rated R for disturbing images, and content involving torture and graphic nudity
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 - President of the International League for Human Rights:It's very clear that it starts in the office of Vice President Cheney. He had a very strong view that we were not as aggressive and dealing with people in interrogation as we could or should be.See more »
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41 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
The award-winning documentary you're not going to see, 3 March 2008
Author: blubb06 from Germany

... at least not on Discovery Channel.

Said director Alex Gibney recently (on DemocracyNow): "Well, it turns out that the Discovery Channel isn't so interested in discovery. I mean, I heard that — I was told a little bit before my Academy Award nomination that they had no intention of airing the film..."

Discovery Channel has bought the exclusive TV rights for the next 3 years, but Gibney hopes they can be persuaded to sell them "for a profit".

And it is a powerful film. Although it reveals nothing new about the torture and degrading techniques we've become accustomed to over the last three years, it puts politician's faces and statements in context with a "real" victim and a name: young Afghan Taxi driver Dilawar, who was arrested at a checkpoint for alleged involvement in a rocket attack. Five days later he died at Bagram, after two days of continuous beatings, standing up in chains inside his solitary confinement cell. The American coroner checked "homicide" on his death certificate and handed it with the body to his family, who couldn't read English.

The film then takes us along the ride from Afghanistan to the present day. Dilawar was only the beginning, and one of two detainees who died from torture roughly at the same time. Today, about 180 people have died in custody, 38 with "homicide" on their death certificates. Dilawar's torturers tell their story. They took the rap, they repent, but is this justice? What's the bigger picture, the one that's usually glossed over, and the reason Discovery deems this documentary "controversial"?

Alex Gibney dismantles "Torture the American way" just like he did the Enron scandal in "Enron: The smartest guys in the room", from the inside to the bigger inside, like a Russian doll. You will hear the words "war crimes", see the infamous torture memo, Abu Ghraib photos and film, Kiefer Sutherland torturing with electric wires, Guantanamo, Cheney, Rumsfield, Bush and their lawyers wriggling around the t-word and egging on that "we must take our gloves off". "We have to work the dark side, if you will. We're going to spend time in the shadows", says Cheney.

"But... is the dark side stronger?"

"No. Quicker, easier, more seductive. Anger, fear, aggression, the dark side are they.

"Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny."

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