Taxi zur Hölle (Taxi To The Dark Side) (USA/2007)

Taxi To The Dark Side
Alex Gibney

>> Sat. 27.10.2007 >> Spektral >> 20:15

by Alex Gibney, USA 2007, 52 Min

SYNOPSIS: Over one hundred prisoners have died in suspicious circumstances in U.S. custody during the war on terror. Taxi to the Dark Side takes an in-depth look at one case: an Afghan taxi driver called Dilawar who was considered an honest and kind man by the people of his rustic village. So when he was detained by the U.S military one afternoon, after picking up three passengers, denizens wondered why this man was randomly chosen to be held in prison, and, especially, without trial? Five days after his arrest Dilawar died in his Bagram prison cell. His death came within a week of another death of a detainee at Bagram.The conclusion, with autopsy evidence, was that the former taxi driver and the detainee who passed away before him, had died due to sustained injuries inflicted at the prison by U.S. soldiers.

The documentary, by award-winning producer Alex Gibney, carefully develops the last weeks of Dilawar’s life and shows how decisions taken at the pinnacle of power in the Bush Administration led directly to Dilawar’s brutal death.The film documents how Rumsfeld, together with the White House legal team, were able to convince Congress to approve the use of torture against prisoners of war. Taxi to the Dark Side is the definitive exploration of the introduction of torture as an interrogation technique in U.S. facilities, and the role played by key figures of the Bush Administration in the process.


biography of the director:

ALEX GIBNEY is the writer, producer and director of the 2006 Oscar-nominated film Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, which also received the Independent Spirit Award and the WGA Award. A graduate of Yale University (B.A.), Gibney also attended the UCLA Graduate School of Film and Television. In 2003, Gibney served as the Series Producer for The Blues, an Emmy-nominated series of seven films in association with executive producer Martin Scorsese. In 2004 Gibney produced Lightning in a Bottle a film directed by Antoine Fuqua, which premiered in 2004 at the Berlin Film Festival and which was released by Sony Classics. Taxi to the Dark Side has won the Best Documentary Award at the Tribeca Film Festival (2007).