Director: Alex Gibney

The conversation about torture flared up last year with the release of Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, about the killing of Osama bin Laden. If only that film, which was more boradly about American failure than the immorality of harming another human being for information, had been screened as a double feature with Alex Gibney's Taxi to the Dark Side. Then, maybe, the conversation would have been smarter.

Taxi to the Dark Side is the account of the killing of Dilawar, an Afghan taxi driver who was beaten to death by American soldiers at Parwan Detention Facility in Afghanistan. This is really what failure looks like. This is what shame looks like. —RS