Taxi to the Dark Side (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

Taxi to the Dark Side 2007

Directed by Alex Gibney

Alex Gibney's Academy Award winning documentary digs deep into the systematised abuse and outright murder of 'enemy combatants' held in American prisons.

USA In English and Pashto
106 minutes Colour and B&W

Director, Screenplay

Photography

Maryse Alberti
,
Greg Andracke

Editor

Sloane Klevin

Music

Ivor Guest
,
Robert Logan

With

Moazzam Begg
,
Jack Colonna
,
Carlotta Gall
,
Tim Golden
,
Carl Levin
,
Alberto Mora
,
John Yoo

Festivals

Tribeca, Vancouver 2007

Awards

Best Documentary, Academy Awards 2008

Elsewhere

Alex Gibney's Academy Award winning documentary digs deep into the systematised abuse and outright murder of "enemy combatants" held in American military prisons. Gibney, director of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and producer of the equally compelling No End in Sight, assesses the political mentality that encourages the use of torture by its military interrogators. The eponymous taxi was driven by an innocent Afghan tortured by US soldiers in Bagram. The film traces responsibility for his grueling, pointless death all the way to the top. — BG

"Gibney tightens the screws on the moral bankruptcy of the Bush years. In a crowded field, he has marshalled archive and interview to craft the most lucid, straightforward and damning examination yet of the War on Terror." — Lucy Dylan, Sight & Sound

"If recent American history is ever going to be discussed with the necessary clarity and ethical rigor, this film will be essential." — A.O. Scott, NY Times