USA, film ‘Ghosts of Abu Ghraib’; interview with producer Rory Kennedy

This video is the film Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, about prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib in Iraq.

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.

The result was “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib,” one of the most talked about documentaries at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and one that appeals to a public at odds with U.S. policy on the war in Iraq.

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.

“It is not just about Abu Ghraib, it is about America and who we are as a country,” Kennedy told Reuters on Saturday on the sidelines of the festival.

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.”

See also here.

And here.

Senator Edward Kennedy on this: here.

Film, history, and socialism, by David Walsh: here.

And here.

And here.

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