Sunday, August 15, 2010

Doctors of the Dark Side (video)

If the trailer is any indication, writer/director Martha Davis is putting together a stunning documentary about the role of doctors and psychologists in the construction and implementation of the U.S. torture program. The work is supposed to be finished soon, and released this December. -- I should say that I am both supportive of Dr. Davis's work, and have even been interviewed for the film. But this does not weaken my message, it strengthens it. I participated because I believe in the importance of the issue. I recommend making a donation to the filmmakers, who have largely relied on their own pocketbooks to finance this outstanding work.

The following is from the film's website, where you'll also find links to donate, as well as more web-links on the issue of doctors, psychologists and torture.
Doctors of the Dark Side exposes the scandal behind the torture scandal -- how psychologists and physicians devised, supervised and covered up the torture of detainees in U.S. controlled military prisons. Writer/Director Martha Davis (Interrogation Psychologists) spent four years investigating the controversy. Lisa Rinzler (Pollock), award-winning Director of Photography, gives the feature length HD film a dark and haunting quality. Actors demonstrate enhanced interrogation methods and the doctor's role according to declassified CIA and Department of Defense documents. The stories of three detainees and the doctors involved in their torture reveal, both for detainee health care and the integrity of the professions, the cost of putting doctors virtually in charge of detainee interrogations.

Martha Davis, Writer, Director, Producer
Thea Kerman, Executive Producer
Lisa Rinzler, Director of Photography
M. Trevino, Editor

For more information on the film, contact Co-Producer Hermine Muskat at

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