The Prisoner: Or, How I Planned To Kill Tony Blair (2006)

PETRA EPPERLEIN, MICHAEL TUCKER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Germany/USA, 2006.  .  Screenplay by Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker.  Cinematography by Michael Tucker.  Produced by Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker.  Production Design by Petra Epperlein.  Film Editing by Michael Tucker.  

Fascinating account of Iraqi journalist , who was arrested by American soldiers along with his two brothers and placed in Abu Ghraib prison on suspicion of terrorism. American intelligence had led army officials to believe that the journalist and his family were making bombs intended to be used in an assassination attempt, but no evidence was ever found against the accused, nor were any charges laid. Despite this they still had to languish in the now-infamous prison for nine months before being released. Directors Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker flit between monotoned interviews and dull animated title cards to tell this story, failing to make it a nerve-busting documentary, but there’s no denying that this expose on one of the many ugly sides of the “freeing” of Iraq is too important to be missed.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2006

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