A Moxie Firecracker Films production of an HBO

documentary film (2006, 82 minutes)

Director: Rory Kennedy; Producers: Rory Kennedy,

Liz Garbus, Jack Youngelson


WHEN: Sunday, March 11, 2007, at 1:15 p.m.

WHERE: Community Church of New York

28 East 35th St. (between Park and Madison Aves.)

ADMISSION: Free, donations appreciated


As we approach the start of the fifth year of the war and the

occupation of Iraq, the film GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB serves to remind us

of the monstrous actions undertaken in this war in our name--the

abuse and torture of prisoners, the trampling of their human rights

and dignity, and the abandonment of international law. How did

torture become an accepted practice at Abu Ghraib? Did US Government

policies make it possible? How could ordinary American soldiers come

to engage in such monstrous acts?


Acclaimed filmmaker Rory Kennedy looks beyond the headlines to

investigate the psychological and political context in which torture

occurred, interviewing both Iraqi victims and US guards directly

involved in torture at the prison. These remarkably candid, in-depth

interviews shed light on the abuses in an unprecedented manner.


GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB strongly suggests that, far from being an

unauthorized, isolated event by rank-and-file soldiers acting on

their own initiative, the physical and psychological torture employed

at the prison was an inevitable outgrowth of military and government

policies that were implemented in a climate of fear and chaos,

inadequate training, and insufficient resources.

Have these horrendous practices stopped? That we do not know. - 718-843-0515