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TAXI TO THE DARKSIDE (2007)

TAXI TO THE DARKSIDE <span>(2007)</span> artwork

TAXI TO THE DARKSIDE (2007)

Approx. Running minutes 108

BBFCInsight Contains strong images of torture, abuse and humiliation, some sexual

Director(s) Alex Gibney

Cast includes Brian Keith Allen, Moazzam Begg, Willie Brand

Summary In December 2002, an Afghan named Dilawar had scraped together enough money to buy a taxi. He was fingered by a paid informant as a terrorist connected with a rocket attack. Taken to the American prison at Bagram, Afghanistan, he was tortured so violently that he died after five days. An autopsy showed that his legs were so badly mauled, they would have had to be amputated, had he lived. Later, the informant who collected U.S. money for fingering him was proven to be the terrorist actually responsible for the crime the innocent Dilawar was charged with. Alex Gibney's documentary "Taxi to the Dark Side" uses the death of Dilawar as an entry point into a remorseless indictment of the Bush administration's unofficially condoned policy of the torture of suspects, which is forbidden by U.S. constitutional and military law and international agreements, but justified under the "necessity" of working the dark side. Gibney interviews U.S. soldiers who participated in such torture sessions They seem sorry, sobered, and confused. The film has television footage of administration officials demonstrably lying about what they knew and when they knew it. And it leads to Gibney's conversation with his own father, who wan an interrogator of prisoners in World War II and says not only was such behavior forbidden, but it wouldn't have worked, anyway. If you torture a man long enough, he will tell you anything to make you stop. If you act on that "information," you are likely on a fool's errand.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

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Details

Title
TAXI TO THE DARKSIDE
Year
2007
Formats
DVD
Distributor(s)
Revolver Entertainment
Classified date(s)
30/05/2008
Main language
English
Other languages
Afghanistan
BBFC reference
AZV249783

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