Is it possible for a photograph to change the world?
Acclaimed documentarian Errol Morris (The Fog of War) sets out to examine the context of the controversial Abu Ghraib photographs. These images, depicting abuse inflicted on prisoners by U.S. army personnel in the notorious Iraqi prison, shocked the world and Morris’ investigation aims to ‘look outside the frame’, rooting out the policies behind the actions at Abu Ghraib. Featuring testimonies from five of the seven soldiers charged with abusing prisoners and making liberal use of the photographs and video footage, Morris rightfully labels Standard Operating Procedure a ‘non-fiction horror movie’.
The film is being screened in association with the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University, and will be introduced by Dr. Des O’Rawe.
Screening from 35mm.
“The film leaves its viewer uncertain about the images’ ability to reveal unmediated truth precisely because Morris wants to investigate how others manipulate our belief in them.” – FILM QUARTERLY