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Ghosts of Abu Ghraib ()


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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.

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Israel Rivera ...
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Megan Ambuhl Graner ...
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Javal Davis ...
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John Yoo ...
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Alberta Mora ...
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Scott Horton ...
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John Hutson ...
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Ken Davis ...
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Anthony Lagouranis ...
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Mohammad Talal ...
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Roman Krol ...
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Sam Provance ...
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Janis Karpinski ...
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Sabrina Harman ...
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Omar Rashid ...
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Geoffrey Miller ...
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Alfred W. McCoy ...
Himself - Author (as Alfred McCoy)
Abu Abbas ...
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Mohammad Farq ...
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Mudhaffar Subhi ...
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Mark Kimmitt ...
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Antonio Taguba ...
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James Schlesinger ...
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Stanley Milgram ...
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Directed by

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Rory Kennedy

Written by

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Jack Youngelson ... (written by)
 
Mark Bailey ... (story editor)

Produced by

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Nancy Abraham ... senior producer
Diana Barrett ... executive producer
Julie Gaither ... line producer
Liz Garbus ... producer
Rory Kennedy ... producer
Nadja Korinth ... field producer
Keith Malone ... associate producer
Caitlin McNally ... associate producer
Sheila Nevins ... executive producer
Michael R. Schreiber ... associate producer
Gil Shochat ... co-producer
Jack Youngelson ... producer

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Miriam Cutler

Cinematography by

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Tom Hurwitz

Film Editing by

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Sari Gilman

Editorial Department

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Aaron Curran ... assistant editor
Scott P. Doniger ... on-line editor
Rich Joyce ... additional assistant editor
Jonathan Liebert ... digital cinema mastering
David Rivello ... additional assistant editor
Dan Winkur ... additional assistant editor
Ken Yapelli ... assistant editor

Production Management

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Hillary Byrum ... production manager
Matthew Justus ... post-production supervisor

Sound Department

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Sara Chin ... sound
David Chua ... sound
Metin Cornik ... sound
Margaret Crimmins ... sound editor
Gabriel Miller ... sound
John O'Connor ... sound
Greg Smith ... sound editor
Alex Sullivan ... sound recordist / sound
Tony Volante ... re-recording mixer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Michael Chin ... additional photography
Miguel Diaz ... second camera
Stephen Kaye ... gaffer
Ed Marritz ... camera operator
Gabriel Monts ... second camera
Huttemberg Nassar ... second camera (as Huttenberg Nassar)
Steve Nealey ... second camera
Mike Rogers ... second camera (as Michael K. Rogers)
Burak Senbak ... second camera
Wolf von Truchsess ... additional photography (as Wolf Truchsess von Wetzhausen)
Jack Youngelson ... second camera

Animation Department

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Aaron Curran ... stills animation
Todd Ruff ... animation

Music Department

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Stephanie Bennett ... musician
Les Brockmann ... music scoring mixer
Ira Ingber ... musician
Noviola ... musician
Deborah Sealove ... musician
Larry Tuttle ... musician

Other crew

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Suzanne Andrews ... production assistant
Mark Bailey ... story editor
Michael Bisberg ... researcher
Victoria S. Cook ... legal
Remy Gerstein ... operations coordinator
Richard Hofstetter ... legal
Amanda Holt ... intern
Jacob Huddleston ... production assistant
Barbara Kontarovich ... intern
Barry Kornblum ... accountant
Libby Kreutz ... researcher
Sheila Maniar ... researcher
Abraham Ronquillo ... bookkeeper
Hussein Saddiqe ... translator
Sasha Spektor ... translator
Nyna Threadgould ... travel
Ariana Vazquez ... intern
Pearly Yeung ... intern
Emna Zghal ... translator

Thanks

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Rocky Anderson ... special thanks
Hassan Beyah ... special thanks
Helen Blatt ... special thanks
Natasha Boissier ... special thanks
Bill Chase ... special thanks
Dan Cogan ... special thanks
Rachel Dretzin ... special thanks
Geralyn White Dreyfous ... special thanks
Sarah Edelstein ... special thanks
Viviane Eisenberg ... special thanks
Kate Frucher ... special thanks
Robert Garrison ... special thanks
Melinda Gomez ... special thanks
Barak Goodman ... special thanks
Michael Halatyn ... special thanks
Kim Hawkins ... special thanks
Alice Hofheimer ... special thanks
Craig Hofheimer ... special thanks
Andrew S. Karsch ... special thanks
Annie Keating ... special thanks
Allen Keller ... special thanks (as Dr. Allen Keller)
Ethel Kennedy ... special thanks (as Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy)
Bob Kerrey ... special thanks
Edward Klaris ... special thanks
Mona Mahmoud ... special thanks
Alper Mat ... special thanks
Ilker Mat ... special thanks
Jane Mayer ... special thanks
Riccardo Monti ... special thanks
Robin Pogrebin ... special thanks
Kimbo Prichard ... special thanks
Jonathan Pyle ... special thanks
Peter Rienecker ... special thanks
Richard Robbins ... special thanks
Alexa Robinson ... special thanks
Alexandra Styron ... special thanks
Sharon Werner ... special thanks
Philip Zimbardo ... special thanks (as Dr. Philip Zimbardo)

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The Chilling Firsthand Account of Iraq's Most Notorious Prison See more »
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Also Known As
  • Los fantasmas de Abu Ghraib (Spain)
  • Abu Ghraib kísértetei (Hungary)
  • I fantasmi di Abu Ghraib (Italy)
  • Fantasmas de Abu Ghraib (Brazil)
  • Призраки Абу-Грэйб (Russia)
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  • 78 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Donald Rumsfeld was approached to be interviewed, but turned said offer down. See more »
Quotes Rear Admiral John Hutson: There is no such thing as a little bit of torture.
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