Eamonn Kelly

Taxi to the Darkside

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Director: Alex Gibney; Release date: 13 June

No one person murdered Dilawar, a 22 year old Afghan taxi driver, abducted, imprisoned and finally killed at Bagram air base in December 2002. Rather Dilawar died as the result of a sustained programme of torture visited upon him on the orders of the US government.

In Taxi To The Dark Side director Alex Gibney probes meticulously the decision making, chain of command, and documentation that sanctioned the use of torture in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay (the latter's gift shop featuring in one segment).

Anti-War Treasure

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Review of 'Sir, No Sir', Director: David Zeiger

"By every conceivable indicator, our army that now remains in Vietnam is in a state approaching collapse. With individual units avoiding or having refused combat, murdering their officers and non-commissioned officers, drug ridden, dispirited, where they are not mutinous" - Colonel Robert D. Heinl.

Border Country

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Review of 'The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada', director Tommy Lee Jones

A Mexican ranch hand, Melquiades Estrada (Julio Cesar Cedillo), is casually shot dead in Texas. His friend and fellow cowboy Pete Perkins (Tommy Lee Jones) determines to do the right thing and return his body to his family. It is, however, the local authorities who are complicit in the murder, and they try to block Pete's attempts to see justice done on behalf of his co-worker and best friend.

Celluloid for Thought

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Eamonn Kelly looks at some of the radical documentaries touring Britain.

The last few years have seen a rise in the popularity of the political documentary film. An impressive selection go on tour this month as part of the showcase from last year's Sheffield International Documentary Festival. Different selections will be playing at a variety of venues around the country. Israeli filmmaker Avi Mograbi's Avenge But One Of My Two Eyes gets a wide airing. Mograbi shows Jewish schoolchildren learning the tales of Samson, and the moral that death is preferable to surrender.

Unfair and Unbalanced

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Review of 'Outfoxed', director Robert Greenwald

Imagine the Daily Express has turned into a TV news station fronted by Sun columnist Richard Littlejohn, and you begin to get an inkling of how rabid Rupert Murdoch's Fox News TV is. Fox works very simply and repetitively both as a mouthpiece for Murdoch's own right wing views and as a rolling election broadcast for George W Bush and the Republican Party - hardly a surprise when you learn that the channel head is Roger Ailes, a former Bush Snr campaign strategist.

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