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Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

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Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Alex Gibney ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Keith Allen ... Soldier - New York Studio Shoot Reenactment
Moazzam Begg Moazzam Begg ... Himself - Torture Victim (as Moazzam Beg)
Christopher Beiring Christopher Beiring ... Himself - Captain
Willie Brand Willie Brand ... Himself - Military Police
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Cafferty Jack Cafferty ... Himself (archive footage)
Brian Cammack Brian Cammack ... Himself - Military Police
William Cassara William Cassara ... Himself - Attorney
Doug Cassel Doug Cassel ... Himself - Professor
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Cloonan Jack Cloonan ... Himself - Former FBI Agent
Damien Corsetti Damien Corsetti ... Himself - Military Interrogator
Thomas Curtis Thomas Curtis ... Himself - Sergeant: Military Police
Greg D'Agostino ... Soldier - New York studio shoot reenactment
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Using the torture and death in 2002 of an innocent Afghan taxi driver as the touchstone, this film examines changes after 9/11 in U.S. policy toward suspects in the war on terror. Soldiers, their attorneys, one released detainee, U.S. Attorney John Yoo, news footage and photos tell a story of abuse at Bagram Air Base, Abu Ghraib, and Guantanamo Bay. From Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Gonzalez came unwritten orders to use any means necessary. The CIA and soldiers with little training used sleep deprivation, sexual assault, stress positions, waterboarding, dogs and other terror tactics to seek information from detainees. Many speakers lament the loss of American ideals in pursuit of security. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In 2002, a young cab driver picked up a few passengers near his home in Afghanistan... He never returned.

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Documentary | Crime | War

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Rated R for disturbing images, and content involving torture and graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2009 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Kurs do Krainy Cienia See more »

Filming Locations:

Yakubi, Afghanistan

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,656, 20 January 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$274,661, 1 June 2008
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1.85 : 1
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Scott Horton - 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.
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Not an easy watch, but an important and excellent film
9 January 2009 | by blackburnj-1See all my reviews

Too few have heard of Dilawar. Those who have will probably never forget him. Alex Gibney certainly will not. His latest film starts and ends with this poor innocent taxi driver who, in 2002, was taken to the Bagram airbase in Afghanistan. Five days later, he was dead.

Dilawar's death was the spark which ultimately led to the international awareness of what the Bush administration was doing to its detainees in the war on terror. Gibney's film, however, decides to look up the tree, not down, to discover who was really responsible for these unpleasant developments.

Gibney's film is bolstered by frank and interesting interviews with some of the troops on the ground. Their remorse is clear, as is their disgust. And disgust is the right word. This is, by no means, an easy watch. The use of the appalling footage which has been generated by the recent conflicts is necessary because, if anyone is in any doubt about how morally reprehensible these tactics are, this film will make it abundantly clear.

However, this film's real strength is the structure of its attack on the tactics that are employed. Gibney demonstrates that the tactics used are hopelessly inadequate and never yield effective information. There is a cutting and brilliant comparison with the old techniques and the new where an interviewee, a former FBI interrogator, uses his old tools of interrogation – words – and you can feel yourself being persuaded.

This is not just a polemic. It is a human story and a powerful and well-constructed argument. It should be essential viewing as what has happened at Guantanamo, Bagram and Abu Ghraib should never be forgotten. This is excellent, important film-making.

4 Stars out of 5


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