A year ago I set out to explore how ordinary people, given certain circumstances, are capable of carrying out extraordinary acts of violence.
Historically, across cultures, there are many examples of this — genocides where neighbor turned against neighbor, friend against friend.
For me, the unanswered question linking all of them was, what were the factors, the precise circumstances that made such destruction and horror possible?
Starting with this broad inquiry, I soon narrowed the focus of the film.
It became apparent that the story that needed to be told was the story of Abu Ghraib.
My intention would be to look at the personal and psychological make ups of those most directly involved.
How could our American soldiers be capable of such monstrous acts?
What could possibly have motivated them?
The photographs that emerged from Abu Ghraib were so shocking that they instantly became the defining images of all that has gone wrong with the war in Iraq (and perhaps America, too).
Film The Prisoner on Abu Ghraib: here.