Written by Lucas C Haberstich
Alex Gibny (Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room) gave a lengthy interview yesterday on ComingSoon about his upcoming documentary, Taxi To The Dark Side. In it, Gibny uses the wrongful imprisonment and fatal beating of an Afghan taxi driver as a springboard to explore the U.S. government's use of torture and interrogation in combating terrorism post-9/11.
The documentary puts a human face on the brutality, including interviews with the U.S. soldiers who accidentally killed the cabbie while trying to extract information by force, with government officials on both sides of the debate, and with Gibny's own father who interrogated Japanese soldiers during World War II, while simultaneously trying to trace events back to expose the higher-ups responsible for the approval of the methods employed at Guantanamo and the other camps.
With a government that so overtly keeps its actions hidden from the view of its populace, documentaries like this one have become an excellent place to look for insight into what we the people aren't being told.
Taxi to the Dark Side opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday.
Alex Gibny's next documentary film, Gonzo: The Life and Times of Dr. Hunter S Thompson, opens at Sundance next week. It should have lower amounts of torture.