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Taxi to the Dark Side

Oscar's Documentary Shortlist

COUNTRY: U.S.

DIRECTOR: Alex Gibney

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER: The film and TV veteran also exec produced another one of this year’s shortlisted war-themed docs, Charles Ferguson’s “No End in Sight.” He was nominated in the doc feature category in 2006 for “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.”

FINANCING: $1 million from equity and foreign presales.

THEME: An in-depth look at the abuse of prisoners at Bagram, Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay prisons with interviews by former high-ranking U.S. government officials and the soldiers who were involved.

VARIETY REVIEW SAYS: “Alex Gibney has crafted more than just an important document of systemic abuse — he’s stripped the rhetoric from official doublespeak to expose a callous disregard for not only the Geneva Conventions but the vision of the Founding Fathers.”

DISTRIBUTION STATUS: ThinkFilm for U.S. theatrical and DVD; Discovery Communications for TV in U.S. and Canada.

ON THE MAKING OF THE FILM: “When I went to Guantanamo Bay, I found the administration had turned it into a theme park, a crazy dog-and-pony show run by private contractors — and, of course, Haliburton had the prison building concessions. They sold T-shirts with slogans like Behavior Modification Instructor. Can you imagine? All the press bought them.”

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