Taxi to the Dark Side

Document Date: January 18, 2008

Official Movie Website
New York Times: “In U.S. Report, Brutal Details of 2 Afghan Inmates’ Deaths” by Tim Golden (5/20/2005)

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“Ghosts of Abu Ghraib”
“The U.S. vs. John Lennon”
“Shut Up & Sing”
“Road to Guantánamo”
“This Film is Not Yet Rated”

“Taxi to the Dark Side” Reveals Bush’s Torture Policies

“Taxi to the Dark Side” is an investigation into the murder of an innocent taxi driver at the Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan as well as the Bush administration’s policies condoning indefinite detention, torture and abuse. The film asks and answers a key question: What happens when a few people expand the wartime powers of the executive office to undermine the very principles on which the United States was founded?

Incorporating images from inside the Bagram, Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay prisons, and interviews with former government officials, interrogators, prison guards, journalists and families of the tortured prisoners, the film dissects the progression of the Bush administration’s torture policy, from the secret role of key administration figures to the soldiers in the field.

Writer, director and producer Alex Gibney received an Academy Award nomination for his 2005 film “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.” He served as an executive producer on the critically acclaimed 2007 Iraq war documentary, “No End in Sight.” “Taxi to the Dark Side” made its world premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary.

Jameel Jaffer, Director of the ACLU’s National Security Project and co-author of Administration of Torture (left) talks with filmmaker Alex Gibney, about his new documentary “Taxi to the Dark Side.”
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Dilawar, the Afghani cab driver on whom “Taxi to the Dark Side” is based.

See Dilawar’s official autopsy report and death certificate

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Photo of Alex Gibney by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

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