Standard Operating Procedure (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

Standard Operating Procedure 2008

Directed by Errol Morris

Documentary auteur Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War) recounts the fruit of two years of research into events surrounding the notorious photographs from Abu Ghraib.

USA In English
117 minutes 35mm

Director, Screenplay

Photography

Robert Chappell
,
Robert Richardson

Editors

Andy Grieve
,
Steven Hathaway
,
Dan Mooney

Music

Danny Elfman

With

Javal Davis
,
Lynndie England
,
Megan Ambuhl Graner
,
Sabrina Harman
,
Janis Karpinski
,
Brent Pack

Festivals

Berlin, Tribeca 2008

Elsewhere

Documentary auteur Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War) has spent two years researching events surrounding the notorious photographs from Abu Ghraib, vile digital mementos of American soldiers humiliating prisoners that seem likely to stink up the world for generations to come. While the exemplary Taxi to the Dark Side takes a specific incident as the basis for a wider investigation of the "War on Terror", Morris zeroes in on detail. There are long, intimate interviews with most of the perpetrators, and though Morris never exonerates them, he makes it clear that they have been scapegoated.  Ever the epistemologist, his ultimate concern is with what the images mean. What were these people intending when they took these photos, or when they gave the camera the thumbs up? Who was supposed to see them? How much do they tell the rest of us about what was actually going on in Abu Ghraib? And how much don't they? — BG