Wednesday, February 7, 2007

The Ghosts That Haunt Us Still

A sense of civic responsibility led some of the AltTulsa crowd to the Circle Cinema this week for the disturbing but powerful documentary The Ghosts of Abu Gharaib.

It's not a pretty picture—to put it in the mildest possible terms. Rory Kennedy's film is an full-bore indictment of the U.S. government's conduct of the war on terror and an bleak portrait of young men and women put in an untenable position in the hellhole known as Abu Gharaib.

We had seen the graphic still photos and read about the torture and humiliation of naked (and sometimes innocent) prisoners at Abu Gharaib many months ago. But Ghost pulls the threads of the story together in a dramatic and comprehensible narrative. For that reason alone, it's an important film that Americans need to see.

The film closed at the Circle today, but it's an HBO production and we expect that it will turn up before too long on that cable station.

1 comment:

Big Ass Belle said...

saw that on my way to the library last night; sorry to hear that it's already gone.