Make sure your Tivo is in working order tonight, as “Taxi to the Dark Side,” a look into the frightening and illegal use of torture by the United States after Sept. 11 at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay and Bagram prisons debuts on HBO at 9 p.m.
Directed by Alex Gibney, who is also responsible for “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” this documentary, which one the 2007 Academy Award for Documentary Feature follows Dilawar, an Afghan taxi driver who ended up inside the Bagram prison, where he was eventually beaten to death.
With Dilawar’s story, Taxi to the Dark Side explores America’s policy on torture and interrogation, especially the CIA’s research into sensory deprivation.
In his acceptance speech, Gibney spoke about why he decided to make the film. “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,” he said. “Let’s hope we can turn this country around, move away from the dark side and back to the light.”
The film is the first of its kind to have images taken within the Bagram Air Base and is also part of the Why Democracy? series, which consists of 10 documentary films from around the world that seek to question and examine contemporary democracy.
If you end up missing tonight’s broadcast and don’t have the good fortune of Tivo, HBO will be airing the documentary again on Friday, Oct. 3 at 12:30 a.m., as well as Oct. 7 at 4 a.m. and Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. Catch the trailer below
Poster via Why Democracy?