Ghosts of Abu Ghraib


Rory Kennedy

Rory Kennedy
Liz Garbus
Jack Youngelson

Jack Youngelson

Director of Photography
Tom Hurwitz

Sari Gilman

Winner of the 2007 Emmy award for Outstanding Nonfiction special, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib examines and contextualizes the abuses that occurred in the fall of 2003 at the Iraqi prison, and the photographs that remain etched in our national consciousness. Through direct, personal narratives given by the perpetrators, witnesses, and victims of the abuse, the film probes the psychology of how typical American men and women came to commit atrocious acts.

The film simultaneously covers the recent policy decisions that have eroded America’s alliance with the Geneva conventions. The photos from Abu Ghraib have come to redefine the United States recently—once considered a bastion of human rights—as a principal proponent of torture.

“A potent piece of documentary filmmaking.”

— Cinematical

Winner of the 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Special

Winner of the 2008 Gracie Award for Outstanding Director in a News Series or Special.

2007 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction, Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction, Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction

Nominated for the 2007 Grand Jury Prize in Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival