Monday, 25 February 2008

Taxi Documentary wins an Oscar

A documentary about an Afgan Taxi driver who was beaten to death by American soldiers has won the best Documentary at the 2008 Oscar ceremony
Excerpt from wikipedia;

Taxi to the Dark Side is an acadamy award winning documentary directed by filmmaker Alex Gibney

The film focuses around the controversial death in custody of an Afgan taxi driver named Dilawar, Dilawar was beaten to death by American soldiers while being held in extrajudicial detention at the Bagram Air base .

Taxi to the Dark Side also goes on to examine America's policy on Torture in general, specifically the CIA's and their research into sensory deprivation . There is description of the opposition to the use of torture from its political and military opponents, as well as the defence of such methods; the attempts by Congress to uphold the standards of the Geneva convention forbidding torture; and the now popular of the use of torture techniques in shows such as 24 .

The film is said to be the first film to contain images taken within Bagram Air Base

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