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Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007)

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An examination of the prisoner abuse scandal involving U.S. soldiers and detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison in the fall of 2003.

Director:

Rory Kennedy

Writers:

Jack Youngelson, Mark Bailey (story editor)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Israel Rivera Israel Rivera ... Himself
Megan Ambuhl Graner Megan Ambuhl Graner ... Herself
Javal Davis Javal Davis ... Himself
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
John Yoo John Yoo ... Himself
Alberta Mora Alberta Mora ... Himself - Navy Department
Scott Horton Scott Horton ... Himself - New York Bar
Mark Danner ... Himself - Author
John Hutson John Hutson ... Himself (as Rear Adm. John Hutson)
Donald Rumsfeld ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage)
Ken Davis Ken Davis ... Himself - MP
Anthony Lagouranis Anthony Lagouranis ... Himself
Mohammad Talal Mohammad Talal ... Himself
Roman Krol Roman Krol ... Himself
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Examines the abuse, torture, and murder of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison at the hands of U.S. military police in the fall of 2003 and debunks the "bad apples" theory. The film asks: how can decent young soldiers take these actions, and, what orders came from the chain of command. The filmmaker interviews former detainees, soldiers, and MPs involved in photographed degradation. He references Dr. Stanley Milgrim's early 60's experiments. The film also traces memoranda from Secretary Rumsfeld, General Sanchez, and the U.S. Department of Justice allowing various interrogation methods along with a 2003 visit to Abu Ghraib by General Miller, who had been running Guantanimo. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Chilling Firsthand Account of Iraq's Most Notorious Prison


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abu Ghraib kísértetei See more »

Filming Locations:

Turkey

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Rory Kennedy initially planned on making a documentary on genocide. See more »

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Rear Admiral John Hutson: There is no such thing as a little bit of torture.
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This is a MUST SEE Film!!!
22 January 2007 | by therreid-1See all my reviews

After seeing this film at Sundance 07 all I can say is, Wow! Rory Kennedy directs a stunning documentary that examines the horrors and human atrocities of the notorious Abu Ghraib prison. The interviews with the US Soldiers involved and the Iraqi victims will leave the view speechless as we are left to ponder how could such things happen. What would make ordinary Americans do such terrible things to another person? How can the United States hold itself out as a beacon of freedom condone this type of treatment.

Ms. Kennedy does a phenomenal job of exploring this tragedy and looking for whom is accountable, all the way up to the President of the United Stated.

This film is a must see!!


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