Taxi to the Dark Side

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Discovery Channel/Jigsaw Productions/Tall Woods/Wider Film Projects and X-Ray Productions Released 2008

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Taxi to the Dark Side

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Director:
Alex Gibney (I)
Released:
2008
Rating:
R
This documentary explores the American military's use of torture by focusing on the unsolved murder of an Afhgani taxi driver who, in 2002, was taken for questioning at Bagram Force Air Base. Five days later, the man was dead. The medical examiner claimed the driver died from excessive physical abuse. Taking this case as a jumping-off point, the film examines wider claims of torture that occurred at bases like Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay during the Bush administration.

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  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    If recent American history is ever going to be discussed with the necessary clarity and ethical rigor, this film will be essential.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    As viewers of his Enron film will testify, Gibney is a scrupulous director, and Taxi to the Dark Side is filled with detailed factual information.

  • 70

    Variety

    Photos and video of torture at Bagram and Abu Ghraib are the most viscerally disturbing elements of Taxi to the Dark Side, but the way soft-spoken soldiers were transformed into be...

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