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Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair
     

The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair

Director: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker, Tony Blair, Khatayer Abbas

Cast: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker, Tony Blair, Khatayer Abbas

 
The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair represents a follow-up to husband-and-wife filmmaking team Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein's critically-worshipped, defiantly nonpartisan documentary Gunner Palace (2004), on the day-to-day of American soldiers stationed on the Iraqi front. In that earlier picture, Tucker and Epperlein stumble across

Overview

The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair represents a follow-up to husband-and-wife filmmaking team Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein's critically-worshipped, defiantly nonpartisan documentary Gunner Palace (2004), on the day-to-day of American soldiers stationed on the Iraqi front. In that earlier picture, Tucker and Epperlein stumble across Yunis Khatayer Abbas, a Middle Eastern man who merely confesses, "I am a journalist," before American soldiers drag him off to incarceration. The Tuckers reconnected with Abbas at a later point, and disinter his backstory in this film. Tortured by the goons of Saddam Hussein's brother, Uday Hussein, Abbas later became a key terrorist suspect of the U.S. government, who believed that he intended to kill British prime minister Tony Blair. American authorities had Abbas thrown into the notorious Abu Ghirab prison (and other penitentiaries) and subjected him to month after month of grueling interrogation. Eventually, they released him - with a one-word apology. Tucker and Epperlein recount Abbas's story with an unusual approach: in lieu of a straight documentary, the filmmakers employ a comic-book iconography, with over 150 onscreen illustrations of Abbas's plight by Epperlein, intercut with clips from Abbas's home movies and glimpses of U.S. Army documents - all of which detail the sad absurdities that befell him.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2007
UPC:
0876964000871
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Magnolia
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:12:00

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair
1. My Family, My Life [5:58]
2. Big Trouble [3:35]
3. Invasion [7:04]
4. The Wedding Party [2:50]
5. The Party Is Over [6:50]
6. Interrogation [5:41]
7. Fear Up [7:59]
8. The Happy Bus [8:19]
9. The Camps [5:31]
10. The Good Soldier [5:45]
11. The Worst Day [4:03]
12. Sorry [4:58]
13. Tony Blair [2:22]
14. End Credits [:56]

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