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The Prisoner: Or How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair

Genre: Documentary; Director: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker; Runtime (in minutes): 72; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: Truly Indie

In the midst of outrageous misfortune, some twisted luck: Cameraman Michael Tucker (Gunner Palace) was trailing American soldiers in 2003 when they arrested Iraqi journalist Yunis Khatayer Abbas on a tip that he was in on a plan to kill the British prime minister. Eight months of interrogation and torture in fetid Abu Ghraib followed before he was released, innocent. None of The Prisoner’s showy flourishes — animation, sound effects, fancy editing — can match the power of Abbas’ stillness as he describes one man’s agony in one huge hell.

Originally posted March 30 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT

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