March 30, 2015 at 4:45 pm

Film: Taxi to the Dark Side, March 30


The Middle East and North Africa Film Series presents Taxi to the Dark Side on Monday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. in Baker Center 231.

Dr. Ziad Abu-Rish

Dr. Ziad Abu-Rish

This documentary (directed by Alex Gibney) takes off from an investigation into the killing of an Afghani taxi driver at the hands of U.S. interrogators. The investigation, featuring former U.S. interrogators, military prison guards, and—most importantly—families and friends of those detained, exposes a broader network and practice of secret detention, torture, corruption, and cover up, linking Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, and Bagram Air Base. This film won Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards.

The film is preceded by a brief introduction from Dr. Ziad Abu-Rish, Assistant Professor of Middle East History.

Upcoming Spring 2015 Screening Events

The schedule for the Spring 2015 OHIO Middle East and North Africa Film Series follows. All screenings will take place in Baker Center 231 at 6:30 p.m..

Monday, April 13: The Blue Wave (Mavi Dalga)

[On Turkey: Feature, 97 minutes, Directed by Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan, 2014]

A feminist perspective on the story of adolescence in a small Turkish city told through the lens of a teenage girl considering her options for university.

For More Information

For more information, contact Dr. Ziad Abu-Rish, Assistant Professor of History, at

This film series is co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Classics and World Religions, the Center for Law, Justice & Culture, the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, the African Studies Program, and the Islamic Studies Certificate Program at Ohio University, in collaboration with the Arab Studies Institute (ASI).

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