Hot Sheet: Mommie, Demi, and Daisy
BY Advocate.com Editors
May 10 2013 10:29 AM ET
9. FILM: Doctors of The Dark Side
Filmmaker Martha Davis's harrowing documentary Doctors of the Dark Side exposes the little-known participation of American doctors and psychiatrists who supervised detainee torture in U.S.-controlled military prisons after September 11, 2001. Narrated by military, legal, and medical experts, and featuring archival footage and discomfiting reenactments, the documentary raises tough questions about the use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques on prisoners deemed enemy combatants, often without trial. While the film focuses on the headline-grabbing torture scandals at U.S.-run overseas prisons like Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, it also raises questions about the extent to which medical professionals are complicit in approving torture in military prisons on U.S. soil, as in the case of queer Army private Bradley Manning, the alleged WikiLeaks source, who a judge recently ruled was subjected to cruel, inhuman, and degrading torture while he was kept in solitary confinement in a windowless 6-by-8-foot cell for nine months. Watch the trailer for the film, now available through Shelter Island, below.