Standard Operating Procedure
USA, 2008, 118 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Social Issues, War
ENDS Thursday, June 12
Is it possible for a photograph to change the world? Photographs taken by soldiers in Abu Ghraib prison changed the war in Iraq and changed America's image of itself. Yet, a central mystery remains: Did the notorious Abu Ghraib photographs constitute evidence of systematic abuse by the American military, or were they documenting the aberrant behavior of a few "bad apples"? Director Errol Morris (The Fog of War) set out to examine the context of these photographs, talking directly to the soldiers who took them and who were in them. After two years of investigation, he amassed a million and a half words of interview transcript, thousands of pages of unredacted reports, and hundreds of photographs. The story of Abu Ghraib is still shrouded in moral ambiguity, but it is now clear what happened there.
DIRECTOR: Errol Morris
US Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
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