Torturing Democracy is the 2008 documentary film from awarding-winning producer Sherry Jones on the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques“ by the Bush administration in the so-called “War on Terror”. The 90 minutes documentary took more than 18 months to make and includes interview from high ranking U.S. military personnel and the State Department, including former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.
“…Up to date with the latest revelations, Torturing Democracy details how the government set aside the rule of law in its pursuit of harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists. It features in-depth interviews with numerous senior military and government officials…”
You can watch the film online at the documentary’s web site created in collaboration with the National Security Archive at George Washington University. The web site also provides additional background material like extended inverviews and memos, legal opinions and other documents mentioned in the film together with a timeline of key events. A searchable database with all the source documents is currently being prepared. Many of these document had to be obtained by litigation against the government.
Torturing Democracy web site
- Film: MAHATMA – Life of Gandhi, 1869-1948
- Short Film: Mankind Is No Island
- Short Film: Doxology
- Travel: Historic tours of NZ Northland and Angkor Wat in 1930/40s
If you’re looking for some quiet time this weekend and want to learn something about history, have a look at this 5 hour documentary of Mahatma Gandhi’s life by the GandhiServe Foundation.
The film in black and white includes many visual records of Gandhi’s life and of events during this important period of India.
This film by Jason van Genderen was entirely shot on a cell phone on the streets of NY and Sydney. It won this year’s Tropfest NY short film festival in September…
During the last year – since its release – Michael Langan’s short film Doxology won more than ten awards and in our opinion it’s a must watch.
An experimental comedy about tennis, dancing cars, and God.
Two film documents of travel 70-80 years ago from the Travel Film Archive (link below) that has many other history film documents from places around the world.
The first one is a tour of the ancient Cambodian temples of Angkor Wat and Bayon in the 1930s. If you recently had a chance to visit these wonders of the world, you will realize from watching the film how much this place has deteriorated within about 80 years.
The second film (in color) shows you around the New Zealand Northland popular with many tourists touring from Auckland. Many places there are now…