From The Scotsman:
Sundance Abu Ghraib film shows America’s dark side
By Mary Milliken
PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – When documentary film maker Rory Kennedy wanted to make a movie about why ordinary people commit extraordinary acts of evil, the images of U.S. soldiers torturing detainees at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison kept coming back to haunt her.
As Kennedy — daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy — interviewed soldiers and witnesses to the abuse in the fall of 2003, she concluded it was the product of a system fighting terror after the 9/11 attacks rather than a few maverick individuals.
As a member of America’s most famous political family, the award-winning filmmaker said she grew up believing the United States represented human rights and dignity.
“In the last three years, we are now a country that represents just the opposite and we are now known for torturing people,” she said.
“That is directly connected to the policies put into place.”
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