This is a trailer of the film “Taxi to the Darkside”.
It got nominated for an Oscar this year. The film was written and produced by Alex Gibney – Who also made the Oscar nominated film; Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room.
I watched it last week here in LA and would recommend everyone watch it. It is still out in some theaters:
Others will have to wait until it comes out on DVD.
American citizens with souls, dignity and honor will be angry and ashamed that their government, which claims “We do not torture” carries out such practices in the name of “defending human rights and freedom”. Gibney’s film reveals how the Bush administration has systematically betrayed the very ideals and values it professes to uphold. Maybe it will move all decent people enough to stand up and speak out against such inhumane and evil practices.
About the film:
Over one hundred prisoners have died in suspicious circumstances in U.S. custody during the “war on terror”. Taxi to the Dark Side takes an in-depth look at one case: an Afghan taxi driver called Dilawar who was considered an honest and kind man by the people of his rustic village.
So when he was detained by the U.S military one afternoon, after picking up three passengers, denizens wondered why this man was randomly chosen to be held in prison, and, especially, without trial?
Five days after his arrest Dilawar died in his Bagram prison cell. His death came within a week of another death of a detainee at Bagram. The conclusion, with autopsy evidence, was that the former taxi driver and the detainee who passed away before him, had died due to sustained injuries inflicted at the prison by U.S. soldiers.
The documentary, by award-winning producer Alex Gibney, carefully develops the last weeks of Dilawar’s life and shows how decisions taken at the pinnacle of power in the Bush Administration led directly to Dilawar’s brutal death.
The film documents how Rumsfeld, together with the White House legal team, were able to convince Congress to approve the use of torture against prisoners of war. Taxi to the Dark Side is the definitive exploration of the introduction of torture as an interrogation technique in U.S. facilities, and the role played by key figures of the Bush Administration in the process.
“Highly recommended. A devastating documentary laying out in precise detail the Bush administration’s use of illegal detainment, torture and death in prison camps that exist outside the U.S. Constitution.” – Roger Ebert