Sunday, February 24, 2008
Best Documentary: Taxi to the Dark Side
About a billion people watching the Academy Awards heard filmmaker Alex Gibney dedicate his Oscar to Dilawar, the taxi driver tortured to death by U.S. interrogators at Bagram. Taxi to the Dark Side uses this horrific incident to detail U.S. torture policy and its effects. As A.O. Scott wrote in The New York Times, "A year from now, the presidency of George W. Bush will end, but the consequences of Mr. Bush’s policies and the arguments about them are likely to be with us for a long time. As next Jan. 20 draws near, there is an evident temptation, among many journalists as well as politicians seeking to replace Mr. Bush, to close the book and move ahead, an impulse that makes the existence of documentaries like Alex Gibney’s 'Taxi to the Dark Side' all the more vital. If recent American history is ever going to be discussed with the necessary clarity and ethical rigor, this film will be essential."