Which combination of factors led to audiences seemingly ignoring The Report and The Mauritanian , two feature films in as many years about the U.S. government's rubber-stamping of "enhanced interrogation techniques" (EITs) after September 11, 2001, and the inhumanity, corruption, and nationalism that sprawled forward from the legalization of torture? Maybe it's human nature to shy away from evidence of complacency and cruelty, and to ignore what could be one's part within it. Advertisement Maybe the normalization of forever war, and the sense that the War On Terror is just something happening over there rather than here , has fueled collective disinterest in stories about the bloody toll. Maybe it's lingering racism, maybe it's Islamophobia, maybe it's a general belief that the ends justify the means. The Forever Prisoner , Alex Gibney's pointedly incisive but somewhat familiar documentary about the events that led to the incidents dramatized in those previous films, addresses all those possibilities head-on. Ostensibly, this documentary is about Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian man detained by the U.S. for possible ties to Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, tortured at length via EITs at a black site in Thailand, never charged with a crime, and still held in U.S…. Read full this story
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