Friday, December 28, 2007

It's not about Tony Blair

Seems like at the end of the year we go into movie-watching mode, both on the small screen and in theatres. Here is one to look out for on the rental shelves. It's easy to be fooled by the packaging and the title of this one: The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair. The cheesy title and the cover makes it look like a spy spoof or something. The movie itself also uses some comic-style graphics throughout, but it is still purely a documentary, and a fascinating one.

A freedom-loving Iraqi journalist who is mistakenly thought to be planning to assassinate Tony Blair is captured with his brothers, and imprisoned at Abu Ghraib in spite of a complete lack of evidence. He tells his story of all the things that he was put through in on-camera interviews and through his home videos. Also includes comments from an American soldier who was assigned to the facility at the time and knew him and his situation.

[Official site - with filmmakers' notes]

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1 comment:

Crayons said...

Oh wow. I'm so glad you wrote this post. Many times I've picked up the case to this video at the store. You are right, the image and typography turn me off. So now I'm going to rent it.