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Master filmmaker Errol Morris turns his keen eye to the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in this intense and provocative documentary. Using interviews with the soldiers that appeared in the now infamous torture photos, Morris strings their stories together... read more
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Master filmmaker Errol Morris turns his keen eye to the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in this intense and provocative documentary. Using interviews with the soldiers that appeared in the now infamous torture photos, Morris strings their stories together with vivid reenactments and striking digital technology for a wrenching look at the events at the prison. With his trademark straight-into-the-lens interview style, it is chilling to see the familiar faces of Lynndie England and Sabrina Harmon as they try to articulate their experiences. The lawlessness and confusion in the prison quickly become evident, and as their stories unfold, the film slowly strips away the many puzzling questions that surround the incidents, exposing a much larger truth about corruption within the US military, corruption that appears to reach far beyond the handful of soldiers that took the fall for the scandal. Morris's reenactments are extremely vivid, and often shot in a beautifully cinematic style. While these techniques make for riveting filmmaking, they are sometimes considered controversial by documentary purists, and some might criticize his detailed recreations of such deeply disturbing events. However, others might deem the reenactments necessary to really bringing home the reality of what happened. Regardless of his methods, Morris does a masterly job of untangling such a complex, twisted story. He shines a glaring light on one of America's most shameful moments and, more importantly, exposes how little we truly know about our military's methods.

Original Release

02/12/2008

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Cast

Directors

Errol Morris

Writers

Errol Morris

Cast

Javal Davis Himself
Ken Davis Himself
Tony Diaz Himself - Former MP
Tim Dugan Himself
Lynndie England Herself
Jeffrey Frost Himself - Former MP
Megan Ambuhl Graner Herself
Sabrina Harman Herself
Janis Karpinski Herself
Roman Krol Himself
Brent Pack Himself
Jeremy Sivits Himself
Christopher Bradley Military Police (as Chris Bradley)
Sarah Denning Military Police
Robin Dill OGA
Joshua Feinman Military Police (as Josh Feinman)
Jeff L. Green Military Police (as Jeff Green)
Roy Halo Detainee
Cyrus King Military Intelligence
Alim Kouliev OGA / Interrogator

Producers

Jeff Skoll Executive Producer
Diane Weyermann Executive Producer
Martin Levin Executive Producer
Julia Sheehan Executive Producer
Robert Fernandez Executive Producer
Julie Ahlberg Producer
Errol Morris Producer
Amanda Branson Gill Producer
Ann Petrone Producer

Editors

Andy Grieve, Steven Hathaway, Dan Mooney

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