25 February 2008

Too Bad This Film Had to Be Made in the First Place

"Wow. Thank you very much, Academy. Here's to all doc filmmakers. And, truth is, I think my dear wife Anne was kind of hoping I'd make a romantic comedy, but honestly, after Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, extraordinary rendition that simply wasn't possible. This is dedicated to two people who are no longer with us, Dilawar, the young Afghan taxi driver, and my father, a Navy interrogator who urged me to make this film because of his fury about what was being done to the rule of law. Let's hope we can turn this country around, move away from the dark side and back to the light. Thank you very much. "~ Alex Gibney
There you have the comments Gibney gave last night when he accepted the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for his film Taxi to the Dark Side. I've posted here and here about some of the film's post-production travails. Perhaps now the various guardians of public sensibilities will stand aside and let American audiences become familiar with how our forces have tortured detainees to death. You can find a pre-Oscars interview with Gibney here.

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