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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 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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[Screen Text]: In 1961, and experiment was conducted by Dr. Stanly Milgram a psychologist at Yale University.
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[Screen Text]: Participants responded to a newspaper advertisement.
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[Screen Text]: The purpose of their 'obedience study" was to observe an individual's willingness to inflict pain when ordered to do so.
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[Screen Text]: The participants did not know that the "victim" was an actor and that the shocks were not real.
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Research Subject #2: ...who's going to take responsibility if anything happens to him?
Researcher: I'm going to take responsibility. Please ...
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26 January 2007 | by PressedRat36See all my reviews

Film Summary Through startling interviews with perpetrators, witnesses and victims, GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB examines and contextualizes the abuses that occurred in the fall of 2003 at the notorious Iraqi prison abuses documented in photographs that are etched in our national consciousness. The film probes the psychology of how typical American men and women came to commit these atrocious acts and, on a parallel track, explores the policy decisions that eroded our compliance with the Geneva Conventions and contributed to making the abuse a reality. Ultimately, the film asks what these events say about America, our government, our military and our human nature.


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